SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is one step closer to getting rid of cash bail for people arrested for some low level crimes. While the idea has many supporters, it also has its critics.
In a bill gaining ground in the Utah legislature, counties would set up “pretrial services programs” to figure out what to do with low risk people who are arrested for certain low level crimes.
For example, a defendant could have to go through a drug test or check in by phone if he’s released, instead of sitting in a jail cell before his next court date.
The state would also study the effects of getting rid of bail in these cases.
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