In short, people arrested for non violent misdemeanors will be released on their own recognizance. Everyone else will have a pre-trial risk assessment performed and be released without any money, but upon the terms and conditions imposed by the court.
In some circumstances, and the article is not clear which, some people are ineligible for pre-trial release and will remain incarcerated pending trial.
I’ve made no secret that I hate the cash bail system. It makes no sense in modern society and bail bond companies, IMHO, add nothing productive to the criminal justice system.
However, I tend to agree with the ACLU here (yes, I need the brain bleach) in that it seems that a court can detain you without bond, not just for capital felonies, but if it is of the opinion that you just don’t need to be out.
I also do not like the idea of terms and conditions for pre-trial release. I am innocent until proven guilty, so when I am out awaiting trial, I think it is outrageous that the court can force me to drug screen, be home by a certain time, report to a probation officer, etc.
So I think this is a mixed bag, and it may turn out poorly. Thoughts?