On Jan.1, 2017, New Jersey said good bye to commercial bail bonds. Today, when someone is arrested for a crime, a computer algorithm will determine whether it’s safe, or unsafe, to release them from jail on a promise to appear.
The change was widely applauded by inmate rights groups and the ACLU, who felt that the commercial bail bonds system “unjustly penalized” those who couldn’t afford to hire a bondsman.
Law enforcement groups from throughout the state are calling the new “bail reform” law a disaster.
NewJersey.News12.com reports that one jurisdiction has been dealing with an accused serial burglar who has been arrested “seven times in a month.” Authorities believe he keeps committing these crimes to fuel a drug addiction, but since the computer algorithm doesn’t deem him a flight risk, he keeps getting out of jail on his own recognizance.
A spokesperson for the Hopatcong Police said seeing him be arrested and released, only to wind up back in jail for the same crime a few days later, is frustrating.
Original article: Hopatcong police: State bail reform system flawed
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