Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join Us
Site Search
Legal Flash
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   

 

View all (779) posts »
 

Poor People Fight Money Bail in San Francisco

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The city and county of San Francisco is unconstitutionally criminalizing poverty by keeping poor arrestees in jail because they can't afford to post bail, a federal class action claims.
"Nobody should be detained because they're too poor to pay an arbitrary amount of money," Phil Telfeyan of the Washington, D.C.-based Equal Justice Under the Law told reporters Thursday. "A very, very dangerous criminal might be released if they can post $100,000 bond, whereas a completely nonviolent detainee might be in jail for months pending trial simply because she's too poor to pay that bond amount."
The class is led by Riana Buffin, 19, and Crystal Patterson, 29. Both women were arrested earlier this week and charged respectively with grand theft and assault.
Buffin's bail was set at $30,000, Patterson's at $150,000. Both have since had their charges dropped.

Read the whole story at Courthouse News Service

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
 
more Calendar

3/14/2017
Settlement vs. Litigation? Fight or Flight

3/16/2017
Meet and Greet the Family Law Bench for 2017

3/21/2017
Law and Motion 2017: A View From the Bench

Recent Recognitions
Richard KondaProfessional Lawyer of the Year 2015
Nora V. Frimann2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal