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New Jersey governor takes on the bail bondsmen

from The New York Times (commentary)

Gov. Chris Christie, who often likens New Jersey's pretrial system to "debtors' prisons," signed two bills that offer hope for something a lot fairer. One bill would remake the system so it more nearly resembles the federal system — allowing judges to keep suspects in jail if they are a flight risk or a threat to society, but not because they can't post bail. The second bill authorizes a vote in November on a constitutional amendment that must be approved before Christie's proposed reforms can take effect. more


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