Today, Senate Democrats overruled the will of the voters and placed communities at risk by passing Senate Bill 262 (SB 262), which would eliminate bail for most criminal offenses. In November 2020, California voters made it clear they did not want a no-money bail system when they rejected Proposition 25. SB 262 would impose another no-money bail system by setting bail at $0 for most crimes.
“Zero bail is a FAIL. It was tested in 2020 during the pandemic and a similar policy was rejected by voters in November 2020,” said Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). “Today Democrats doubled down on an idea rejected by voters and already proven to be dangerous to our communities. Social experiments are one thing on paper, but by listening to law enforcement and crime victims, it was pretty clear these policies failed in real life.”
This zero bail policy was tested in 2020 due to the pandemic and led to the release of dangerous criminals, many who were re-arrested additional times, including some for murder, and sometimes multiple times in one day. Zero Bail was a fail then, and will be once again if it is signed into law.