Active electronic monitoring a viable alternative to pretrial detention
When it comes to dealing with defendants during the time between arrest and trial, judges have several options. The first option is to release the defendant on his own recognizance — meaning that the court trusts the defendant to continue to appear in court on scheduled dates without paying bail or being detained. Usually those released have been charged with a nonviolent or less-serious misdemeanor like as shoplifting, traffic violations, technical crimes and first offenses.
[Read the full op-ed over at The Hill.]
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