In many states, dangerous defendants or those who pose as flight risks can buy their way out of jail before trial if they have access to the money required to post bail -- while large numbers of poorer defendants who are neither dangerous nor flight risks are locked up simply for lack of money. Today, several state court systems are reforming this system of pre-trial justice, or injustice, as many are calling it.
Jesse Rutledge is the vice president of External Affairs of the National Center for State Courts.
New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels served as Chief Justice between 2010 and 2012 and has been selected by his fellow Justices to serve a second two-year term as Chief Justice from 2016 to 2018.
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