Governor Chris Christie Wants Some Criminals Held Without Bail

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NJ Governor Chris Christie announces that he will not seek the presidency in 2012. (Bob Hennelly (WNYC))

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants individuals with a violent history to be held in jail without bail.

Christie proposed a constitutional amendment to limit the rights of some criminal suspects by preventing them from being released on bail while awaiting trial. The governor paired the proposal with a promise to offer non-violent drug offenders treatment instead of jail.

Amending the New Jersey constitution requires the legislature to place a referendum on the ballot that would then need to be passed by a majority of voters.

A spokesman for the governor said there is bipartisan support for limiting bail and that the governor wants the measure to come before voters in November.


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