New Jersey’s Money Bail Overhaul: A Success Story
The Bail Trap series ends with a success story – New Jersey’s historic money bail reform. On January 1, 2017, New Jersey essentially ended its money bail system. The state’s pretrial incarceration rate has since dropped 17.2%. New Jersey Bail tells the story of Tyler, who was arrested and given probation following an altercation with a relative. The court decided against prison time, and thanks to New Jersey’s system Tyler didn’t have to sit in jail for months to learn his fate. New Jersey’s new pretrial justice system provides hope and best practices for states working to end mass incarceration.