New Jersey coun­ties’ chal­lenge to new bail sys­tem dis­missed

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

TREN­TON >> An ef­fort by New Jersey’s coun­ties to throw out the state’s new bail re­form ef­forts has been struck down.

The Coun­cil on Lo­cal Man­dates granted the state’s mo­tion to dis­miss the­ef­fort­bytheNewJerseyAs­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties on Wed­nes­day. The board voted 4-3 to dis­miss the chal­lenge.

The state’s bail sys­tem was over­haule­datthes­tartoftheyeartorate­sus­pects to de­ter­mine their se­cu­rity risks, dras­ti­cally cut­ting down on cash bail.

The group rep­re­sent­ing the state’s 21 coun­ties said the change cre­ates ad­di­tional costs with­out set­ting up a way for them to re­coup them with­out rais­ing taxes.

The law took ef­fect on Jan. 1 although coun­ties and courts have had since 2014 to plan for its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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