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Bail risk assessments raise concerns among lawmakers, bondsmen

from Deseret News

Recent challenges to New Jersey's bail bonds laws have been a key issue for Utah lawmakers as they consider bail reforms to the state court system. State legislators considered delaying the adoption of a computer algorithm designed to help judges determine a suspect's flight risk. Judges would use the algorithm — and their own judgement — to decide to what degree a defendant can be trusted outside of jail while awaiting trial, or whether that person should remain in custody. more

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