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Other States With Bail Reform

Quad Cities


Illinois is not the first state in the country to attempt to completely eliminate cash bail for certain crimes…..

…..If implemented, Illinois would be the first state to have this type of elimination. But it is important to note that California, New Mexico, Kentucky, Nebraska, Indiana, New York and New Jersey have all successfully made some type of changes to their bail laws — each varying on a state-by-state basis…..

…..There has been near elimination of cash bail in both New Jersey and Washington D.C. A study published in the MDRC — a nonprofit nonpartisan organization — shows that in New Jersey fewer people have been arrested for lower-level crimes and jail populations decreased. The study also shows crime continues to decline in that state…..

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