BILL CHANGING HOW BAIL IS SET IN TENNESSEE HEADING TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

A bill that changes how bail is set is now awaiting the governor’s signature to become law. The bill makes it so the defendant’s ability to pay is no longer considered when determining a bail amount.

State Representative John Gillespie said length of residence, family ties, employment status, prior criminal record, the nature of the offense, and probability of conviction are all still considered when determining bail.

“There is a revolving door of criminals going in and out of our judicial system. Time and again, we have seen the tragic consequences of allowing people back into the community based on their ability to pay. We must instead focus on the danger that person poses to the community. This bill is an important step in making Tennessee safer,” said Gillespie.

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