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Gov. Christie, a former federal prosecutor, wants a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November to change the state's bail laws so violent offenders are kept in jail before their trials.
The change would mirror federal practice, and bring New Jersey in line with other states that give judges more leeway in forbidding bail for the accused. Detention would be allowed if a judge determines that bail could either lead to further violence or increase the likelihood that a defendant doesn't return to court.
First announced at his State of the State speech last month, the plan dovetails with another Christie proposal, yet to be detailed, that would divert nonviolent drug offenders to treatment instead of prison. While the bail amendment would theoretically increase the number of people incarcerated, his treatment proposal would lower that number.