Supporters say NJ bail reform is working but racial disparities remain

Jail population has been significantly cut

In 2017, New Jersey enacted criminal justice reforms in an effort to stop defendants from being detained for weeks, or even months, because they couldn’t afford to post cash bail. Now, four years into the reforms, supporters say the data shows the reforms are working.

Sen. Nick Scutari, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, said, “My takeaway is that the legislation we passed several years ago is working. It’s having its intended consequences and the Legislature actually got it completely right in this instance.” However, there are concerns about ongoing racial disparities.

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