Utah’s Path To Bail Reform
Representatives from Utah’s criminal justice system are back at the table to try to find bail reform policy they can all get on board with. The state Legislature largely rolled back a law earlier this year aimed at moving Utah away from its reliance on cash bail. It required judges to release people from jail before their trial using the least restrictive means, like ankle monitors, rehab or regular check-ins.
This series looks at how cash bail used to work, how cost can be a barrier to refom, the role of monetary bail and separation of power between the Legislature and the judiciary.