#77: New Jersey Leads the Way on Bail Reform

Roseanne Scotti

Roseanne Scotti


In U.S. courts using bail for pretrial release, those with enough money to get out before trial, but those without cash stay in. But support for reform has been building, and New Jersey did away with cash bail almost entirely in 2017. What happens instead of bail, and how is it working so far? Our guest Roseanne Scotti is with the Drug Policy Alliance, and she’s been part of the reform effort.

New Jersey Bail Reform in the press:

PBS: New Jersey Eliminates Cash Bail, Leads Nation in Reforms

New York Times: New Jersey Is Front Line in a National Battle Over Bail

NJ.com: Here's how much N.J. jail population fell since bail reform

NJ.com: How bail reform is playing out in N.J.'s largest city