PolitickerNJ Wire Feed
CLIFTON SAYS BAIL REFORM LAW NEEDED IN NEW JERSEY
Assembly Republican Rob Clifton, R-Monmouth, Burlington, Middlesex and Ocean, said he believes it is appropriate for legislation approved by an Assembly committee last June that would allow voters to decide if judges should have the authority to deny bail to defendants deemed dangerous while awaiting trial, to be considered as part of Thursday’s Assembly voting session.
The legislation, ACR-153, was unanimously released by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, but has yet to receive consideration by the General Assembly. Under the resolution, a court must find that no amount of bail, pretrial release conditions, or combination of bail and pretrial release conditions would assure the defendant’s appearance as required or to protect the public safety.
“Protecting the general public from dangerous criminals, especially the victims of their crime, witnesses who saw the alleged act and our families is something our state needs to address, just like many across the country already have,” said Clifton. “When approved by voters, this amendment would give a judge the authority to deny bail after weighing important factors that would affect the public’s well-being if the accused were released.
“There are numerous accounts of criminals who were released on bail and were subsequently arrested for crimes such as murder, robbery and the illegal purchase of drugs,” said Clifton. “These are not contrived examples, but ones that could have been prevented if the alleged perpetrators were not free on bail. Legislators are responsible to protect the public. Reforming aspects of the current bail system is entirely in order.”
Sponsors of ACR-153 include Clifton’s fellow Republicans Donna Simon, Dave Rible, BettyLou DeCroce, Scott Rudder, Chris J. Brown, Holly Schepisi, Alison McHose, and Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Sean Connors and Annette Quijano.
On the Net:
NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook
NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter
PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo will appear on the WBGO Journal radio program tonight and on a weekend public interest television program.
Read More >
Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...
By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >
"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.- The Asbury Park Press
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.