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San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced an end to the Zero-Bail policy

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced that a policy that reduced certain misdemeanor offenses to Zero Bail will end on Sunday, likely increasing jail populations.
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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced that a policy that reduced certain misdemeanor offenses to Zero Bail will end on Sunday, likely increasing jail populations. 

The Emergency Modification to the Bail Schedule (TEMBS), commonly known as “Zero Bail” was enacted in March 2020, allowing qualifying inmates to have their bail reduced to zero and released on their own recognizance. This policy aimed to reduce overall jail populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

San Diego County was among several other counties in California that opted to keep the policy in place after it ended in June 2020  at the state level. 

Authorities cite “significant decreases” in the county jail system’s COVID-19 cases to have influenced San Diego Superior Court's order to rescind the zero-bail policy. Charges that had previously qualified for zero bails will have set bail amounts imposed again. 

According to the Sheriff’s department, those amounts will be based on those outlined in the San Diego Superior Court Bail Schedule. 

“This change is likely to increase population numbers in the San Diego County Jails.  The Sheriff's Department will continue in our commitment to the safety, security, health, and well-being of the people in our custody, along with the safety of the communities we serve,” the department wrote in a statement.