It is right to reform the cash-bail and bail bond system to prevent poor imprisoned people from being held in court. And finally, many state assemblies across the nation have re-signed for the 2016 meeting.
- Lawmakers in New Mexico passed legislation to remove cash bail for specific defendants.
- New Jersey has already made changes to their Bail System.
- Connecticut Governor suggested removing cash bail for specific crimes and changing the method bonds are paid.
In the latter, if the bill had been by the state legislature, 10% of the amount will be paid directly to the court and will eventually be refunded.
New Jersey has already made changes to their Bail System
There exists no explanation to revive an assumed innocent in its actual form. We have to raise the # of defendants showing up in court via written promises, not by monetary conditions. However, such bold actions require a political effort that cannot be found anywhere. Politics support maintaining bail framework because it depends on misconnection between safety and bail regardless of opposing evidence.
Poverty Accounts For The Huge Number Of Detainees On Pre-trial
According to the prison policy initiative, poverty accounts for about 450,000 people nationwide who remaining detained despite innocence by law.
None of the proposals completely eliminate pretrial bond, so many poor defendants will still languish in detention while legally - if not factually - innocent. But these states are taking steps to make laws more reflective of data rather than of our prejudices.
Since not one of the recommendations entirely removes the pre-trial bonds, numerous poor defendants will stay longer in jail even if actually innocent. However, the states are currently taking measures to help make laws and regulations more refractive of information instead of our own bias.
From the non-convicted defendants in jail, 75% committed nonviolent offenses, typically by petty crimes or drug crimes. It could be that pretrial detention is what puts the public in danger. Researchers said that if defendants are kept in pretrial detention for 8-10 days, there is a 51% higher chance reoffending compared to those who are detained in less than