Fresno, CA – It’s been referred to as the get out of jail free card. Senate Bill 10 passing with the support from only one republican, along with many democrats opposing it as well. If inked into law it could ultimately shut down the bail bonds industry.
“The reality is, it’s going to become a public safety nightmare.”
Barry Pearlstein has been in the bail bonds business for 38-years, the owner of Lucky Bail Bonds says he knows senate bill 10 like the back of his hand.
He believes this bill, that Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign any day now as he helped to pass the bill, will change the face of the criminal justice system when it comes to posting bail, something that’s been in California’s Constitution since the 19th century.
“This is a wholesale release everyone based on an algorithm which takes away the judges ability to make decision to protect public safety.”
SB-10 will use a risk assessment system based on algorithms, to determine whether people should be set free or held in jail until trial. This reform legislation will likely cripple the multi-billion dollar bail bonds industry here in the valley and across the state.
“The only people that are let out and not coming back are the one’s the bail bonds people let out. We are giving a background, an assessment, and a judge, oh my god, that’s a bad thing?”
Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg co-authored SB-10. He says the bail bonds industry is outdated and unjust, especially to minorities and the poor.
“The only people that get out are those who wrote a check to bail bonds and then they don’t show up, doesn’t that prove it doesn’t work.”
Pearlstein says changing this system will not only put him out of business but keep jails overcrowded and become a burden on you and me, the tax-payer.
“Instead of these folks paying for their own release, there will be a new bureaucracy in all counties.”
If passed by Governor Brown, it wil go into law in October of next year.