Herrera, Hennessy secure settlement to eliminate bail schedule in SF

Chief Deputy City Attorney Ronald Flynn, left, and City Attorney Dennis Herrera, right, at the Nov. 1, 2016 press conference announcing that City officials would not defend the state bail schedule.

San Francisco reaches pioneering agreement that protects public safety and eliminates unconstitutional system that let the wealthy pay their way out of jail

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 30, 2019) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy today announced that they have reached a proposed settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit brought by a national civil rights group over the pre-arraignment bail system.
In 2016, Hennessy and Herrera took the groundbreaking step of declining to defend the constitutionality of a state law that requires the Sheriff to release pre-arraignment defendants who post bail according to a bail schedule set by the San Francisco Superior Court.  After years of litigation in which the California Bail Agents Association intervened to defend the state law, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that the pre-arraignment bail system was unconstitutional. The question that remained was what to do next. Hennessy and Herrera vigorously pursued a solution to ensure that pre-arraignment defendants who are eligible for pre-arraignment release can be more quickly considered for release by the Superior Court.
“One system of justice for the rich and another for everyone else isn’t justice at all,” Herrera said. [Read more]

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