Prop 25, or the No Bail Law as it was more commonly referred to, was a major talking point during 2020. Now that the 2020 election has come and gone, many people are confused about whether Prop 25 passed and what that means to the California legal system.
The No Bail Law would have represented a major overhaul in the way California’s jail system worked. If Prop 25 had passed it would have erased California’s system for using cash bail or bail bonds to allow suspects to secure their release from jail while they waited for their cases to conclude.
Instead of paying bail, each suspect would be put through a risk assessment system that would determine if they could be trusted to appear in court or if they should go before a judge who would decide if they should be released from jail.
Many people liked the idea of doing away with cash bail. Fans of the No Bail Law argued that many people who are arrested in California are arrested on minor charges. That these people aren’t a risk to society, and that they shouldn’t have to remain in jail simply because they can’t afford to pay bail.
Sam Lewis, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s executive director, supported No Bail Law.
On the other hand, many people who were closely connected to California’s legal system had some serious concerns about the proposition.
Former California Assemblyman Mike Gatto perfectly summed up the biggest issue with the proposed bill.
If the No Bail Law had passed, California would have become the first state to eliminate the traditional bail system.
While there was strong support for California’s No Bail Law, the majority of the voters who voted in the November 2020 election had reservations. Only 45% of the voters were in favor of the proposition while 55% were against it.
We feel it’s important to understand that even while you might not have enough cash to cover your bail, that doesn’t mean you have to spend several months in a jail cell. The experts at San Marcos Bail Bonds are ready and willing to help. Our bail bonds program includes zero collateral for working signers, flexible payment plans, and even zero percent interest payment programs.