New Jersey’s Money Bail Overhaul: A Success Story
A success story – New Jersey’s historic money bail reform! In 2017, New Jersey proved that it was possible to end the discriminatory wealth-based pretrial system. By leading the way on bail reform, the state takes the U.S. one step closer towards ending mass incarceration in our lifetime. Will other states follow New Jersey's example? We hope so. As this video shows, there are workable and effective alternatives to money bail that can impact lives.
New Jersey's Money Bail Overhaul: A Success Story tells the story of Tyler, who was arrested and given probation following an altercation with a relative. The court decided against prison time or money bail, and thanks to New Jersey's system Tyler didn’t have to sit in jail for months or pay an excess of money on a bond just to learn his fate. The elimination of money bail in New Jersey’s overhauled pretrial justice system provides hope and best practices for states working to end mass incarceration.