SACRAMENTO–Today, the Assembly Floor passed AB 1118, authored by Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills), with a 61-0 vote. The bill would improve the safety of all Californians by having the Judicial Council create an advisory statewide bail schedule.
“Alleviating the inequality in bail schedules between counties allows defendants to be released under constant supervision, increasing both their appearance rate in court and the safety of the public,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “Disparities in bail schedules create an incentive for criminals to commit crimes in one county over another. AB 1118 provides uniformity to these counties and equal protection under the law.”
An advisory statewide bail schedule would provide judges a guide to consult when setting bail. By opting for bail, the defendant would be supervised by their bail agent. This lessens the population burden on the jail and defendants released on bond are also 28% less likely to fail to appear than similar defendants released on their own recognizance.