Money Bail

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TV News Story about California Bail System Featuring Clip of Executive Director Phil Telfeyan Testifying Before State Insurance Commissioner. Piece aired on KCBS in San Francisco on January 31, 2017

Radio Interview with Executive Director Phil Telfeyan about Money Bail on Southern California Public Radio on December 5, 2016

Executive Director Phil Telfeyan Speaking about Money Bail at The Davis Vanguard Court Watch Event on November 19, 2016


Placing a Price Tag on Freedom: The Evils of the Money-Bail System by Kirsten West Savali for The Root on February 15, 2018

Slow Motion on Bail Reform Nets California a ‘D’ on Pretrial Justice by Maria Dinzeo for Courthouse News Service on November 1, 2017

California’s Chief Justice Wants Bail System Overhauled by Dominic Fracassa for San Francisco Chronicle on October 24, 2017

California’s Chief Justice Calls for End to Cash Bail System by Maria Dinzeo for Courthouse News Service on October 24, 2017

Bail-bond companies allowed to defend law requiring bail by Bob Egelko for San Francisco Chronicle on March 7, 2017

California’s bail system punishes the poor, and it’s time for the government to do something about it by George Skelton for The Los Angeles Times on January 16, 2017

Ending San Francisco’s System of Wealth-Based Detention by Phil Telfeyan for the American Constitution Society on January 12, 2017

Alabama Cities Agree to Stop Jailing People Too Poor to Post Bond by Amy Julia Harris for Reveal on December 8, 2016

Kamala Harris Reverses Position For Second Time, Will Not Support Challenge To San Francisco’s Cash-Bail System by Jack Morse for SFist on December 15, 2016

Attorney general reverses direction on challenge to bail system by Steve Rubenstein for The San Francisco Chronicle on December 14, 2016

AG Harris Modifies Position on Bail, Calls It Unfair to Poor by David Greenwald for The Davis Vanguard on December 14, 2016

Harris shifts, says bail system isn’t fair to the poor by Bob Egelko for SFGate on December 10, 2016

California Lawmakers Want to Reform a Bail System They Say ‘Punishes the Poor for Being Poor’ by Jazmine Ulloa for The Los Angeles Times on December 4, 2016

Kamala Harris Will Step In To Defend SF Cash Bail System After City Attorney, Sheriff Refuse by Caleb Pershan for SFist on November 29, 2016

SF city attorney calls state bail schedule unconstitutional, announces he won’t defend it by John Cote for Bay View on November 12, 2016

S.F. City Attorney is Right: Cash Bail Can’t Be Defended by the Editorial Board for the San Francisco Chronicle on November 2, 2016

San Francisco city attorney won’t defend city’s bail schedule from civil rights lawsuit by Lorelei Laird for ABA Journal on November 2, 2016

DOJ Asks 11th Cir. To Strike Down Cash Bail System by Lance J. Rogers for Bloomberg BNA on September 14, 2016

California Lawsuit Over the Cash Bail System Could Prompt Changes Across the US by Paul Elias for the Associated Press (here appearing in in The Los Angeles Times) on December 26, 2015

Why California Jails Poor People Unless They Pay The Bail Bondsman by Alan Pyke for ThinkProgress on November 3, 2015

Group Files Class-Action Complaint to Scrap S.F.’s Cash-Bail System by Evan Sernoffsky for the San Francisco Chronicle on October 29, 2015

Court by Court, Lawyers Fight Policies That Fall Heavily on the Poor by Shaila Dwan for The New York Times on October 23, 2015

Why Was Sandra Bland Still in Jail? by Leon Neyfakh for Slate on July 23, 2015

Following Lawsuit, Tiny St. Louis Suburb Ends Its ‘Illegal’ Bail System That Jailed the Poor by Ryan J. Reilly for Huffington Post on April 9, 2015