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The history of bail in the United States

from Politicker NJ

Bail reform is like road construction in Boston. It has been happening since at least 1625. Maybe that is why it has been so controversial to call the New Jersey State Legislature back to session on a Monday in August to put in on the November ballot. Bail is essentially monetary security (cash, a bond or property) that defendants must pay to the court in exchange for their release from jail. The money is returned if they appear for all of their required court appearances, with the goal of ensuring that defendants will return to court to participate in their trial. more

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