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California abolishes money bail with a landmark law

But some reformers think it creates new problems

California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill into law Tuesday making the state the first to abolish cash bail, transitioning toward a system that gives judges discretion to decide who can go home and who must stay in jail pending trial. Rather than having to buy their release through a bail bondsman ...