N.J. bail overhaul will need extra funding in little over a year, official says — NewsWorks

 

Warren County prosecutor Robert Burke cited a 2 percent cap on property tax increases as an obstacle in dealing with the rising costs.

In January, the state virtually eliminated cash bail for criminal defendants, because officials claimed that it disadvantaged minorities and the poor. Judges now decide whether to jail people before trial based on their likelihood of committing another crime or skipping court.

The costs of the criminal justice overhaul have largely fallen to county and municipal governments, which fund court facilities, prosecutors’ offices, sheriffs’ departments, and county jails.

“It has strained resources on the county level in my office, certainly,” said Warren County prosecutor Robert Burke. “In order for us to implement bail reform in the manner that really it deserves … we don’t have the ability.”

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