This law is intended to address the issue of more poor accused being jailed because they cannot afford bail. While rich scam artists, and the like, don't see the inside of a jail unless convicted.
"California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail" PBS NewsHour 8/28/2018
SUMMARY: In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to eliminate cash bail for those awaiting trial. The new law grants broad discretion to judges to hold or release defendants. But some opponents, including the ACLU, fear that these changes will result in more people being detained before trial. Judy Woodruff interviews Marisa Lagos of public television station KQED, which has covered the story.