Roseanne Scotti

New Jersey's Historic Bail Reform Law is Now in Effect and It's Already Keeping Thousands Out of Jail

In these challenging times, it is important to celebrate our victories in the fields of criminal justice, civil rights and racial justice.  So I want to share the great news about the first full month of New Jersey’s historic bail reform law implementation.

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Justice Demands We Fix our Broken Bail System

Mustafa Willis had a job and no criminal record.  After being arrested in Newark, he was forced to remain in jail for months because he could not afford to pay the amount of bail that was set for him.  While he was in jail, he lost his job and a close family member passed away.  Desperate, his family turned to a for-profit bail bond company to secure his release.  Eventually, the charges against him were dropped.  But he and the family members were saddled with a $7,000 bill!

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Justice Demands We Fix Our Broken Bail System

Mustafa Willis had a job and no criminal record.  After being arrested in Newark, he was forced to remain in jail for months because he could not afford to pay the amount of bail that was set for him.  While he was in jail, he lost his job and a close family member passed away.  Desperate, his family turned to a for-profit bail bond company to secure his release.  Eventually, the charges against him were dropped.  But he and the family members were saddled with a $7,000 bill!

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