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YLR: Your Evolving Right to Bail

Jul 15, 2020

Our system of Bail has evolved from where someone would await your trial in your stead to make sure you showed up,  to where you posted money to make sure you showed up, to where you posted money to make sure you showed up and everyone else stayed safe.  Come the pandemic, the jails could not remain so crowded or infected persons would spread the virus -- first among themselves, then spread to the rest of the community.  How does this affect bail?  Pretrial release?  Public Safety?   

courtesy of SF Treasurer José Cisneros

September 23, 2019: If you live or work in San Francisco, chances are you have received mail from José Cisneros, the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. Cisneros oversees over $5.2 billion in revenue for the city and county. But did you know the Treasurer's office also has a division devoted to financial equity issues?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: A conversation about YOUR Criminal Case ..."

Aug 21, 2019

Thoughts on the "Anatomy of a Criminal Case, The Courtroom and Just What Happens Inside"

Replace Our System of Bail 2019?

May 1, 2019

  Tonight, 7pm May 1, 2019, we discuss OUR SYSTEM OF BAIL: WHAT’S RIGHT AND WHAT’S WRONG? Should we still have a cash bail system? If we abolish, what would a successor program look like? If we maintain, is there a way to fix the current system?

California's Bail Bond System in Review?

May 16, 2018

Tonight Your Legal Rights invites three guests well-prepared to consider whether bail reform is about to be on legislative &/or judicial agendas in 2018 and beyond. Host Jeffrey Hayden welcomes San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, and Corrin Rankin, past Chair of the Board of the CA Bail Agents Association. Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call toll-free 1-866-798-8255.



If you can’t afford bail in this country, you get stuck in jail until your trial. Many have said it’s a system that's biased against the poor.

San Francisco's bail system on the stand

Mar 2, 2016
Lisa Bartfai


Dora Torres is spending the better part of a hot Monday afternoon at Bail Hotline Bail Bonds trying to get her boyfriend Mark Mabutas out of jail. He was arrested in October, charged with mayhem, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. It has taken Torres months of raising money to try and bail him out today.


Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015
Johanna Varner / KQED Science

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Reductions to bail rates divide S.F. legal community // SF Chronicle

"An attempt by San Francisco Superior Court judges to bring bail amounts into line with surrounding Bay Area counties has set off a firestorm of controversy in the legal community.

Your Call: Is the bail bond system broken?

May 28, 2014