This legislation, written by women who experienced incarceration, in collaboration with Senator Nancy Skinner, would have required county jails to release people between the hours of 8a-5p or sundown and would have allowed people to request to stay an additional 16 hours should someone not have safe transportation to return to their community.
SB 42 was inspired by the death of Jessica St. Louis and the dozens of women who were brave enough to share their stories of assault and harm as a result of late-night releases.
We are disappointed in this outcome. But while a veto means the Governor has rejected our bill, it does not mean that he has dismissed our cause. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with him in the coming weeks and months to end late-night releases altogether and to improve county jail procedures for people being released. In his letter, regarding the veto, to members of the Senate, Governor Newsom said, "Jails should not be releasing people onto the streets during overnight hours. This is simply an unsafe practice, resulting in many tragic and preventable outcomes over the years."
The Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition will not give up the fight until this practice is ended, and we will continue to lift up the names of the sisters we have lost, Jessica St. Louis, and Mitrice Richardson, as well as the countless others who have been harmed as a result of dangerous late-night release practices.