• Lynda Cohen

State Criminal Justice Reform reduced jail populations and revenue

Updated: May 21

Criminal Justice Reform has reduced jail populations and revenue in its first year, according to the one year report released Tuesday.


The reforms were meant to change how bail is handled, turning it from a dollar-based bail to setting up conditions that see many defendants released either on summonses or with certain conditions. A result was a 20 percent reduction in jail population from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1 of this year. It’s down 35 percent from Jan. 1, 2015. But electronic monitoring alone cost the state $784,017 in the first year of the reforms. There was also a 2.4 percent decline in revenue collection in the first six months of the current fiscal year— July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017 — over the same timeframe in the previous year. There have been concerns from municipal agencies and the public about the release of many defendants on summonses rather than being jailed and required to post bail. Just 44 of the state’s 44,319 defendants charged on warrants last year were required to post monetary bail as a condition of release. If you find yourself in this type of situation where you have to post bail then it might be a good idea to check out someone like 1st Choice Bail Bonds to help you out in this situation.

Nearly 69 percent of those charged last year were released on summonses without going to jail. Detention hearings are an option for prosecutors to request that a defendant be held pending resolution of their case. For those, a public safety assessment is made. Defendants are given two scores: one for failure to appear and one for likelihood to commit another crime. Those least likely to not appear or to commit another crime are given 1s. Those with high likelihood get 6s. While the assessment includes recommendations for either release or detention, judges can make their own decision based upon the information presented to them by both sides during the detention hearing.

NY man arrested twice within hours in assaults at same Atlantic City casino-hotel

A New York man released on a summons for assaulting his girlfriend at Bally’s Hotel and Casino was arrested 2½ hours after his release in the sexual assault of an employee at the same Atlantic City property. Officers were called to Bally’s parking garage at 5:25 a.m., for a domestic assault. Bally’s security officers had already separated Jamel Carlton from his 41-year-old girlfriend, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. The Freehold woman had physical signs of an injury and was treated on scene by medical personnel, Fair said. Carlton was arrested by Officer Corey Treadway without incident. Read more...


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