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Settlement reached in lawsuit to end money bail in San Francisco

August 31, 2019

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

A settlement was reached Friday in a federal class action lawsuit seeking to eliminate San Francisco’s money-based bail system.

The lawsuit asked the court to declare the system unconstitutional and order The City to use an alternative method of assessing the risk of releasing arrestees.

The proposed settlement “takes money out of the equation” by allowing for a more speedy assessment by the San Francisco Superior Court of people charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies who are eligible for pre-arraignment release, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement on Friday.

“One system of justice for the rich and another for everyone else isn’t justice at all,” Herrera said. “Our proposal safeguards civil liberties by ensuring low-level cases are assessed quickly, and it protects public safety by guaranteeing no one accused of a serious or violent crime is released without judicial review.”…(more)

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