We continue, on today’s show, talking about Andrew Gillum and his mainstream progressive values, with Denise from California.
The Parkland Students
On our show I mention last week’s GoFundMe campaign created by David Hogg.
Hogg, one of the survivors of the Parkland tragedy, asked his followers to help fund a billboard to “…remind Texans of the truth.”
To that end, the fundraising effort raised 10, 000 for a billboard with the president tweeting:
“Why would the people of Texas support Ted Cruz when he has accomplished absolutely nothing for them. He is another all talk, no action pol!”
The poster will be displayed when Trump comes to Texas to rally for Ted Cruz who is facing a tougher than anticipated battle in the lone star state.
The broken bail system
I also mention a story out of California that addresses the broken criminal justice system.
In July, Bernie Sanders introduced a bill, the No Money Bail Act, that would eliminate cash bail and forbid the “payment of money as a condition of pre-trial release with respect to a criminal case”.
Criminal justice reformers believe the current for profit cash bail system puts people in a debtor’s prison. And it strikes poor people particularly hard.
“As part of this broken criminal justice system we have an outrageous cash bail process, which if you can believe it results in 400,000 people being in jail today for the crime of being poor,” Sanders said in an interview.
“This brings us almost back to Charles Dickens’s era of the debtor jails where people were in jail because they were poor. That’s what we’re looking at now.”
California’s Congressman Ted Liu, created a similar bill in the House.
Both pieces of legislation appear stalled so states are beginning to act on their own.
On August 28th, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Money Bail Reform Act.
“The driving principle of the law is that a suspect will be evaluated on the basis of risk to public safety and the likelihood of not appearing in court, rather than on his or her ability to post a certain bail amount. Those evaluations would help determine if the suspect would be held while awaiting trial or released.”
In nonviolent misdemeanor cases, defendants could be released within 12 hours, while others could be fitted with an ankle bracelet or have routine visits by officers.
But the ACLU, who had supported the bill, withdrew support once provisions were added to give judges more control over the new system.
“We are concerned that the system that’s being put into place by this bill is too heavily weighted toward detention and does not have sufficient safeguards to ensure that racial justice is provided in the new system,” the ACLU’s Natasha Minsker told NPR,
Raj Jayadev, co-founder of advocacy organization Silicon Valley De-Bug, said like the ACLU, his group is a former supporter of the bill. Ultimately, as it is written, he told the Sacramento Bee, the law discriminates against the poor.
“They took our rallying cry of ending money bail and used it against us to further threaten and criminalize and jail our loved ones.”
Take a look at a Vice episode on bail here: