NCSL Pretrial Quarterly Newsletter


from the states

  • The New Mexico Legislature referred a constitutional amendment on bail to voters that if approved would authorize courts to deny pretrial release for dangerous defendants in felony cases and ensure that defendants are not held due to inability to post financial or property bond.
  • State law provides a legal framework to ensure that defendants are aware of their right to counsel and that counsel is appointed in a reasonable amount of time. NCSL has summarized the constitutional and statutory requirements for every state.
  • A new interactive 50 state map from NCSL shows some of the most common conditions of pretrial release authorized by state law.
  • The Indiana Supreme Court adopted a new rule stating that an arrestee who does not present a substantial risk of flight or danger to themselves or others should be released without monetary conditions.
  • Arizona Supreme Court “Task Force on Fair Justice for All” recommends pretrial policy changes.

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