Could bail reform bail out California’s overcrowded jails?
Legally, bail has only one purpose: to guarantee that people show up for their court dates. Bail amounts are set by panels of judges in each county and they vary widely. Regardless of their crime, anyone who can make bail can spend the money and go free until his or her trial. If he or she can't afford it, they stay in prison. That has officials considering bail reform as way of freeing up space in California's crowded jails.
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