If Proposition 25 passes, it will end cash bail — no one will spend time incarcerated just because they couldn’t pay for a ticket out before trial. That’s why the bail bond industry’s poured millions into defeating it. But could the risk assessment tools it uses to replace cash bail be even more unfair? That question’s divided groups that work on civil liberties and mass incarceration.
YES: John Bauters is the Budget Advocacy Director with Californians for Safety and Justice
NO: Robert J. Apodaca is the co-founder of California Community Builders, a non-profit affordable housing developer