- Associated Press - Monday, April 24, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s attorney general wants gun possession and eluding added to the list of offenses for which defendants are automatically recommended to be jailed under the state’s recently reformed bail system.

NJ.com (https://bit.ly/2oXMMaT) reports that Christopher Porrino wants the acting administrator of the state’s court system to approve the changes. But it’s not clear if or when that could happen.

Civil liberties advocates and others criticized the request. They say tinkering with the system this soon could undermine the changes sought by the reforms, which virtually eliminated New Jersey’s prior cash bail system.

The changes were enacted to help keep violent offenders detained until trial while providing poor, low-level defendants the opportunity to be freed. In the past system these offenders often remained behind bars because they couldn’t afford bail.

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