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NJ criminal system preparing for bail reform in 2017

from The Associated Press via Courier-Post

A major overhaul of New Jersey's bail system is about to take effect. New Jersey voters approved an amendment in 2014 that eliminated the state constitutional right to bail that allows defendants to be released from jail on bail unless they can't come up with the money. Supporters say low-risk defendants and the poor are unfairly burdened and jails overcrowded under the current practice. The change takes effect next month along with other reform legislation approved two years ago. more

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