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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, October 7, 2021

"Lawsuit challenges Utah’s cash-based bail system"

From The Salt Lake City Tribune, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

State legislators passed a bail reform bill in 2020, which replaced the normal cash bail-centric model with one that relies on risk factors when deciding whether to detain or release a person.

But lawmakers undid much of that work a year later, after sheriffs and other law enforcement officials argued the move failed victims and let dangerous people go free.

A 2021 bill largely brought Utah back to a cash-bail system, removing the part of the law that introduced risk assessment but advising judges to impose the least restrictive conditions of release available.

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