The Equal Justice Committee (which is a group of community members whose mission is to educate and empower the community about the social and economic impact of the justice system) is hosting a panel discussion and community conversation about Criminal Justice Reform.
A 2013 study found that 12% of county jail populations in New Jersey – about 15,000 people on any given day – were in jail because they could not afford a bail of $2,500 or less. In November of 2014, New Jersey voters voted to amend our state constitution to change the bail system. As a result in January 2017, a monetary bail system was changed to one based upon an objective risk assessment that evaluates the risk of flight and re-offense.
The panel discussion will focus on how the system has worked since its January implementation. The Hon. Robert G. Malestein, J.S.C., Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae and Criminal Defense Attorney JoEllyn Jones, Esq. will share their thoughts from their different perspective and role in the system.
Please join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Trinity AME Church, Bridgeton, NJ for this important discussion.