48 Hours to Bail Reform

Bills for pretrial release programs and 48-hour bond hearings pass first hearings

A pair of bills to reform bail practices in Colorado passed their first committee hearings last Monday. But if financial and philosophical divides revealed by testimony are any indication, the bills will have anything but a smooth path to the governor’s desk.  Senate Bill 161 requires Colorado counties to develop pretrial release programs that reduce the use of cash bail. It was developed and ultimately endorsed by the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, which includes stakeholders from a diverse range of backgrounds including criminal defense, law enforcement, district a

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