New Jersey Judiciary Releases Annual Bail Reform Report, with Additional Key Statistics

Press Release April 2, 2019
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Jag Davies 212-613-8035
Roseanne Scotti 609-610-8243

Trenton, NJ – Today, the New Jersey Judiciary released its second Annual Report to the Legislature and Governor on the state’s historic bail reform law. This year’s report had been eagerly awaited as it is the first report to include statistics on failures to appear by defendants, new offenses committed by defendants on pretrial release and demographic statistics on defendants. 

Six years ago, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released a report that highlighted the failure of the money bail system in New Jersey. Along with that report, DPA led a campaign to reform New Jersey’s broken bail system. That DPA report and campaign led to legislation that overhauled the bail system in New Jersey.  The Judiciary’s new report highlights the enormous success of bail reform in New Jersey after two years of implementation.

Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, issued the following statement after the report’s release:  

“This report shows that New Jersey’s historic bail reform law has been a resounding success.  We have seen a 44 percent decrease in the pretrial jail population and, at the same time, no meaningful increases in failures to appear in court or new offenses committed by people who are released pretrial. Thousands of individuals, mostly people of color, have been able to remain free pending trial. They have been able to stay with their families and communities. They have been able to keep their jobs and their housing. The end of money bail in New Jersey has increased both social justice and public safety in our state.”

Key findings of the report include:

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