A little more than a year ago, New Jersey all but eliminated cash bail for criminal defendants, except for those charged with certain violent offenses. Since the reforms took effect January 1, 2017, the county jail population is down 16 percent, says then-attorney general Christopher Porrino, who left office on January 16, when the new governor was sworn in. And preliminary numbers show a 5 percent decrease in violent crime over the year.
The 2019 Trial Court Leadership Conference will be held September 22-25 in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information to follow.Read more →