Dear Governor Brown:
SB 10 is going to be costly for the state. There is no mention of how the state will pay for the implementation of the bill as likely the ones that will have to pay for it are law abiding citizens.
SB 10 was rushed and many assembly members even admitted that they weren’t able to read the bill before it was presented on the assembly floor, yet they still voted in favor of the bill. Several legislators stated that the bill was not perfect, yet they still voted in favor of it.
Rather than take the time to create a complete bill that deals with fixing the issues of our criminal justice system, legislators decided to pass the bill and hand over the responsibility of fixing the issues with SB 10 and the criminal justice system to the judicial branch. The same judicial branch that has the power and authority to lower the bail schedules so that it lessens the burden on poor people seeking pretrial release.
Legislators failed in their duty to do what is best for their constituents. They could have worked to lower bail schedules, but instead decided to pass the burden of criminal justice reform to the judges and negatively impact all Californians.
Governor Brown, as the leader of our great state, we ask that you please veto Senate Bill 10 and correct the injustice that occurred in the Legislature. Please take the time to actually sit down and read just how terrible Senate Bill 10 is for Californians. We can’t fix one flawed system by instating another flawed system.