Laphonza Butler Once Backed Abolishing Bail in Calif.

Laphonza Butler, progressive California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s hand-picked replacement for the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat, once backed a policy to abolish bail for criminal suspects in the state.

As an executive board member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Butler was a proponent of SB 10 — a policy to eliminate cash bail — that was signed into law by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018.

However, the bail industry was able to force a referendum that put the new law on hold before it was quashed by 55.4% of California voters in November 2020.

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