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New Jersey enacts landmark bail reform; other states follow suit.

As 2017 started, New Jersey rolled out its new bail system, which permits the use of money bail as a last resort only, and requires judges to first consider nonfinancial conditions of release. The results of the new system were impressive. Between January 1 and November 30, 2017, New Jersey saw its pretrial jail population drop by 16.4 percent; and comparing November 2017 to November 2015 shows a 35 percent drop.New Jersey Courts, “Criminal Reform Information Center,”; and New Jersey Courts, “Criminal Justice Reform Statistics: Jan 01, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2017,”

Many other states and localities passed legislation and gained momentum for bail reform: