(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D- Oakland) is introducing The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 to fundamentally reform California’s money bail system with the main goal of increasing its effectiveness and eliminating its discrimination against poor Californians. Bail is intended to protect the public and ensure a defendant shows up for court hearings but the current system is ineffective and unjust. “California’s bail system punishes poor people simply for being poor,” said Bonta. “In many cases, if you have enough money to pay your bail, you can get out of jail regardless of whether you are a danger to the public or a flight risk.  But if you’re poor and are not a flight risk or a danger to the public, you are forced to stay in jail even when the charge is a misdemeanor. That’s not justice.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.

Evaluating California’s Bail System

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, brought together experts, officials, and community members to evaluate the implementation of Prop 47, the criminal justice reform initiative. “When it comes to addressing some of the most critical racial, economic, and social justice issues of our time, Prop 47 was an absolutely transformative step,” said Assemblymember Bonta. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

(Sacramento) - As hundreds of immigrant rights activists and their families rallied at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) presented his historic Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act (Assembly Bill 2792) to the California State Assembly. The TRUTH Act puts a stop to controversial deportation tactics used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that are tearing apart families and fueling distrust of law enforcement. “Today is the 20th Annual Immigrant Day at the State Capitol—more than 600 advocates travelled from across the state to make their voices heard,” Assemblymember Bonta told his colleagues. “I want each and every one of them to know that I hear their voices, and my colleagues in the Assembly hear their voices. And, today, we made our commitment to immigrant communities clear by passing the TRUTH Act.” AB 2792 was approved and sent to the Senate. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

(Sacramento) – With National Gun Violence Awareness Day approaching on June 2nd, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, several other Assembly Democratic lawmakers, and supporters gathered for a news conference in the State Capitol to discuss gun violence and pending gun related legislation. Assemblymember Bonta authored Assembly Bill 1695 to stop illegal “straw” firearm purchases. “I am tired of visiting classrooms and watching as all of the students raise their hands when asked if they know someone who has been shot,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “Gun violence is tearing apart our communities and traumatizing entire generations. With this package of bills, California is taking action to protect our kids.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

(Oakland) – California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) gathered with Asian Pacific Islander (API) leaders at a press conference in Oakland to discuss his legislation, Assembly Bill 1726.  AB 1726 also known as the Accounting for Health and Education in Asian Pacific Islander Demographics Act (the AHEAD Act), aims to bring greater accuracy to the collection of health and education data of the API population, by looking at differences in data collected for different sub-groups within the API community.  Currently, much of the data collected, lumps different API communities together as one.  Assemblymember Bonta hopes AB 1726 will bring clarity regarding distinct issues peoples from different API subcultures face.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear a portion of the press conference.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) joined immigrant, civil rights, and labor groups for a news conference to unveil legislation to address controversial deportation tactics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that continue to thrust local law enforcement into the role of federal deportation agents.

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