Emergency Order to Ease Jail Crowding Amid Pandemic in California
April 6, 2020 In the Press
In an attempt to reduce jail populations, where social distancing is nearly impossible, California is expected to implement an emergency order that will set bail at zero for low level felony offenses.
Maura Dolan, for the LA Times, writes,
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye heads the council, the policymaking body for California’s court system. Gov. Gavin Newsom has given her and the council, which is primarily made up of judges, extraordinary temporary powers to suspend laws to deal with the health crisis. For criminal and juvenile proceedings, including arraignments and preliminary examinations, the council will direct courts to prioritize the use of technology to meet legal deadlines and ensure that defendants and children are not held in custody without timely hearings, according to a report prepared for Monday’s meeting.