Stop Proposition 25
As we quickly approach election day on November 3rd, we wanted to make sure that agents had a way to track and follow the progress of Proposition 25. From news stories and articles to proponent op-eds and Interviews, this page is designed to serve as a centralized resource for information and updates on the Proposition 25 campaign. We invite you to bookmark this page and check in periodically to see what is new with the campaign.
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Proposition 25 – the unfair, unsafe and costly ballot proposition – will replace every Californian’s right to bail and replace it with computer-generated predictive modeling. That means an algorithm will decide who goes free and who stays in jail pending their trials.
The No on Prop 25 campaign is educating voters through our diverse coalition of opponents, including civil rights groups, crime victims’ advocates, law enforcement, budget experts, and retired judges. The NO on 25 campaign’s first television ad went on the air today. Check it out below.
General Information and Background
- Prop 25 Fact Sheet: Get the FACTS about how unfair, unsafe and costly this proposition is!
- Senate Bill 10: SB10 would eliminate bail and which Prop 25 is designed to support.
- Stop Proposition 25 Website: This website is the home for all proponents of stopping Proposition 25. It consists of a coalition of Law enforcement, victim advocates, social justice/civil rights organizations, judges and legislators who all opposed the elimination of bail and Prop 25.
- Social Media – Stop Prop 25
- Patricia Wenskunas: Prop. 25 is dangerous for victims and communities
Standing up for crime victims in California is no easy task. Often, the debates over our criminal justice system ignore victims who are the very people most personally affected by crime. Sadly Proposition 25 is just the latest example.
Calmatters Commentary, Patricia Wenskunas, October 24, 2020
- Prop. 25 is dangerous for victims and communities
Prop. 25 would eliminate cash bail or pretrial release programs with a new, unproven automated computer system.
Cal Matters, Guest Commentary, October 22, 2020
- Bail posted by fund for sex offender to remain in place
A Melrose man with a history of lewd conduct will remain free on the $30,000 bail posted by an activist group last summer while he awaits trial in his latest case.
The Salem News, Julie Manganis Staff Writer Oct 18, 2020
- CALIFORNIA: VOTE NO ON PROPS 20 & 25!
CA Propositions 25 Will Strengthen the Prison Industrial Complex and Harm Our Communities
Critical Resistance, October 14, 2020
- Some Experts Warn That Joe Biden’s Cashless Bail Policy Is A Prescription For More Anarchy
Experts say New York’s new cashless bail system allowed rioters who were arrested to return to the streets and re-join the riots.
Forbes, October 13, 2020
- Is it our DA or the algorithm that makes S.F. less safe?
Vote no on Proposition 25
Marina Times, Lou Barberini, October 2020
- Commentary: If Prop. 25 passes, incarcerations and costs will increase. Eliminating bail is dangerous.
In 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 10 into law eliminating cash bail for arrestees awaiting trial. Almost immediately, a veto referendum was filed to repeal the bill. Implementation of the law was put on hold pending the say of the voters. Proposition 25 seeks to uphold the contested legislation, replacing cash bail with a risk assessment model that puts the decision to release most inmates into the hands of judges.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, William Gore, September 23, 2020
- CBS 6 Investigates: Flaws in bail reform laws pointed to as root cause for spike in crime
CAPITAL REGION (WRGB) Massive spikes in crime have put New York law enforcement agencies at their wits’ end!
CBS 6 News Albany, Anne McCloyThursday, September 24th 2020
- Report on Algorithmic Risk Assessment Tools in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
This report was written by the staff of the Partnership on AI (PAI) and many of our Partner organizations, with particularly extensive input from the members of PAI’s Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability Working Group. Our work on this topic was initially prompted by California’s Senate Bill 10 (S.B. 10), which would mandate the purchase and use of statistical and machine learning risk assessment tools for pretrial detention decisions, but our work has subsequently expanded to assess the use of such software across the United States.
Partnership on AI
- Yolo County DA’s Office Calls Emergency Bail Schedule ‘Get Of Jail Free Card’
The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is concerned about the ongoing use of the emergency bail schedule.
Good Day Sacramento, September 21, 2020
- Man Arrested For Starting Oregon Fire Gets Released Without Bail, Sets 6 More Fires
A suspect accused of using a Molotov cocktail to start a brush fire near an Oregon interstate went out and started six more fires shortly after he was released from jail, according to police.
The Police Tribune, Holly Matkin
September 19, 2020
- Attorney General Barr says New York violence spike due to bail reform
Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday blamed soaring gun violence and murder in New York City on the state’s bail reform law, which he said allows the near-instantaneous release of suspects who then seek retribution
New York Post, Steven Nelson, September 9, 2020
- Rioters May Win Big in November Under Bail ‘Reform’ Movement
The national war on bail is not a “reform” to the criminal justice system. It’s an assault against crime victims and a subversion of community standards and jurisprudence dating back centuries.
Townhall, Gavin Wax, September 2, 2020
- Suspects Released On $0 Bail In Yolo County Since Start Of Pandemic Have Committed Hundreds Of New Crimes
A summary of $0 bail releases and new crimes in Yolo County, as a result of $0 bail order releases.
CBS Sacramento, September 1, 2020
- Reforming Pretrial Justice in California
California’s pretrial system is poised for reform. In 2018, the governor signed Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) to eliminate money bail and require the use of risk assessment tools when making pretrial release decisions.
Public Policy Institute of California, Heather Harris, Magnus Lofstrom, August 2020
- US: Californians Should Reject Proposition 25
Reform pretrial system without using racially biased risk assessments.
Human Rights Watch, July 29, 2020
- Biased Big Tech algorithms limit our lives and choices. Stop the online discrimination
We would never tolerate age, sex or race discrimination at a grocery store or car lot, but we have allowed it to run rampant in the digital world.
USA Today, Marta L. Tellado, July 29, 2020
- US: Californians Should Reject Proposition 25 – Human Rights Watch
Californians voting in November 2020 should reject the recently named Proposition 25, a ballot measure that, if passed, will replace the injustice of money bail with an even more discriminatory pretrial system.
Human Rights Watch, July 29, 2020
- Referendum on SB10: Vote ‘No” to an injustice we can’t afford – Cal Matters
The biggest flaw in SB 10 is the use of computer programs to make important justice decisions. These are the same type of algorithms that Big Data companies use to bombard us with ads every day.
Cal Matters, Joe Coto, June 19, 2020
- Arrested 4 times in 3 weeks: LA police blame zero bail for rise in repeat offenders
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said while crime in L.A. is down in almost all categories since the pandemic began, career criminals are exploiting the situation, getting arrested over and over with no real consequences.
Los Angeles Times, Richard Winton, April 30, 2020
- Child Abusers eligible for immediate release under California’s new $0 cash bail emergency mandate
The San Bernardino County Sheriff is blasting California’s new $0 cash bail emergency mandate after he says he was forced to release a repeat felony child abuse suspect immediately after his arrest, and will have to release hundreds of potentially dangerous criminals back into the public under the new rules.
Fox7 Austin, Bill Melugin, April 21, 2020