New Jersey eliminates cash bail for people accused of some crimes
In an attempt to help low-income defendants who get stuck in jail before trial, New Jersey is eliminating cash bail this year for people accused of low-level crimes. A 2013 study by a criminal justice consulting firm, Luminosity, and the Drug Policy Alliance found that nearly 40 percent of people in New Jersey jails were only there because they could not afford to pay their bail. That was the experience of Jeannette Santiago, who was arrested in Camden in 2015. When she first arrived in jail, her bail was set at $700,000.
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