Opponents of the state’s bail system are split over changes to a bill that would entirely eliminate bail.
Recent amendments would give judges and probation officers latitude in determining the risk in releasing alleged offenders. Some civil liberties groups can live with that, others say that’s too much individual judgement.
Topo Padilla, president of the Golden State Bail Agents Association; he also serves with the Professional Bail Agents of the United States; he has been a bail bondsman for 35 years
John Raphling, a senior researcher on criminal justice for the U.S. program of Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights