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Groups tell lawmakers to overhaul bail system

Advocates for the poor, crime victims, police and others told New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday that they should move ahead with a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the right to bail for people accused of crimes -- but only if they also pass a law making other changes to the state's bail system.

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Gov. Chris Christie hosts his 122nd town hall in Haddon Heights, Camden County
Gov. Chris Christie hosts his 122nd town hall in Haddon Heights, Camden County (Townsquare Media)
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Christie’s town hall: Bail reform and death taxes [AUDIO]

At his latest town hall, Gov. Chris Christie used much of his monologue to go after the state legislature on a number of issues including bail reform and the cost of death in the Garden State.

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Former Gov. Jim McGreevey and Gov. Chris Christie
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Stuck in Jail With No Way Out [POLL/AUDIO]

As part of an effort to reform New Jersey's criminal justice system, key members of the state legislature are working with the Christie administration on bail reform.

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Should Dangerous Defendants Be Denied Bail? [AUDIO]

A newly released report by the state Supreme Court's Joint Committee on Criminal Justice recommends that New Jersey judges be awarded the discretion to deny bail to defendants who pose a danger to the community.

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NJ Chief Justice Touts Need for Speedy Trial Law

The New Jersey Supreme Court has released the long-awaited report of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice. The recommendations for major changes to the state’s criminal justice process include bail reforms and the enactment of a speedy trial law.

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