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New Jersey lawmakers consider bail changes

Local News | Jul 24, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers consider bail changes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are planning to gather opinions on whether it’s a good idea to overhaul the state’s bail system.

Doing so would require an amendment to the state constitution. Some lawmakers want to take that to voters in November, but they would need to take action by next month for that to happen.

A state Senate committee hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Under the proposed changes, suspects who are considered dangerous could be held without possibility of bail and lower-level suspects could be freed while they await trial without posting bail.