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Hot Topics in Bail: NJ Bail System Works Fine, Overcrowding Leading to More OR Defendants, and More

Bail agents are an active group on social media. This week's hot topics include New Jersey bail reform, jurisdictions overlooking the main purpose of the eighth and fourteenth amendments, and jail overcrowding as a potential influencer for judges releasing defendants on their own recognizance. Here are this week's hot topics in bail:

NJ bail reform: The system works just fine already (Opinion)

“New Jersey’s current bail system works so well and doesn’t cost taxpayers a nickel, why would lawmakers consider changing it?”

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The Either Amendment: what does No Excessive Bail mean?

An article by group member Tonya Page-Rynerson shares that many jurisdictions are overlooking the main purpose of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. “This is evidenced through studies of defendants released on their own recognizance (OR) who fail to appear at a higher rate and also commit more crimes while they are released.”

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Your Call: Is the bail bond system broken?

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones reporter and author of the article, "Get Out of Jail Free" discuss the bail bond system. Listen in to hear listener comments.


Overcrowded Jail influencing Judges Decisions is Justice really being Served?

Group member Nadia Sosa shares that overcrowding at her local jail is leading judges to release more defendants on their own reocgnizance.

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