California's controversial 'zero dollar bail' to end next week

The Judicial Council of California voted 17-2 to end its controversial 'zero dollar' bail schedule on June 20.

The temporary measure allowed those accused of lower-level crimes to be released without paying any bail.



The Judicial Council said the measure was intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 in jails and surrounding communities but it had some high-profile side effects.

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County sheriffs said they saw some of the suspects they released - accused of committing another crime, sometimes within hours of their release.

The Judicial Council says 'zero dollar' bail could be re-instated if health conditions worsen or change.
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