Saturday, August 05, 2017

30.1 - Good News: NJ eliminates most cash bail

Good News: NJ eliminates most cash bail

This is something that happened in January but I only heard about it last week, so I'm including it here.

The state of New Jersey has recognized the clear injustice in the fact that 40 percent of the people in jail in the state were there only because they were too poor to afford the bail that was set while at the same time potentially violent people walked out simply because they had the money.

So as of January, the state abolished cash bail for most nonviolent defendants, substituting a system to monitor released defendants and requiring prosecutors to try cases more quickly.

This does not, obviously, remedy any other flaws in our criminal injustice system, but it is clearly a step in the right direction and that is Good News.

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