Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Courts Trying Out System for Pretrial Releases

The Gila County Superior Court is one of five courts around Arizona that is trrying out a new system  to help judges decide if it is safe to release defendants before their trials. They are testing a system for scoring individual defendants.

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch says defendants who are threats to public safety should stay in jail. But those who are not shouldn’t have to stay in jail simply because they can’t afford to post bail.

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