This case is about Sacramento County keeping some of its poorest residents in jail because of their inability to make a monetary payment. Much like our case in San Francisco, this complaint argues that the city’s pay-for-freedom pretrial justice system is an unconstitutional wealth-based detention scheme that unfairly detains poor arrestees while letting wealthier arrestees free.
Timeline: Welchen v. Sacramento
January 30, 2016: Equal Justice Under Law filed the original complaint in Welchen v. Sacramento in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California against the County of Sacramento, the California Attorney General and the Sacramento County Sheriff
October 10, 2016: The judge ruled that the California Attorney General can be held responsible for her role in implementing money bail. A victory in this case against the Attorney General could have ripple effects across the state and the nation because it will set an important precedent for state officials’ liability.