Chief justice: Bail reform puts NJ at the forefront of fairness
Before signing the Bail Reform Act of 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke of the need to reform a justice system in which some criminal defendants could post bail and buy their freedom while others would languish in jail before trial — not because they were guilty or likely to flee, but because they were poor. The scales of justice, Johnson observed, were weighted "not with fact, nor law, nor mercy," but with money.
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