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New Jersey’s Broken Bail System

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The New Jersey bail system is broken and more and more people can’t afford to get out of jail. The New Jersey Supreme Court Committee has recommended historic changes to this money-making machine, prospectively cutting the pretrial defendant population in half and saving taxpayers money.

One person currently stuck in the broken system is Aakash Dalal, a former Rutgers student who is being held in Bergen County Jail on $4 million bail for his role in firebombing a synagogue 2 years ago.

Friend and community advocate Hiren Gandhi explained what is going on and why the system needs to be fixed.

“There are so many different cases right here in New Jersey that haven’t even started and the person is either in prison without bail or with bail that they cannot afford and it’s been more than three years and in some situations when people are lucky and they are affluent and able to afford the bail, they post the bail, but still the trial hasn’t started,” he said.

Alexander Shalom is a member of the ACLU, a lawyer and part of the Supreme Court Committee that recommended changes to the bail bond system. He says the new proposed reforms are necessary in order to fix this broken system. “We have people who are in jail, not for weeks, not for months, but literally for years waiting for trial and the reason they’re sitting in jail isn’t because they’re dangerous, it isn’t because they’re going to flee, it’s because they are too poor to make really low bails and that’s simply un-American,” he said.

In the case of Dalal, his family has gone broke trying to get him out of jail. They have already remortgaged their home, leveraged their 401K and the family says that this just isn’t right.


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