RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia’s attorney general has called for reforms to the state’s cash bail system.
Mark Herring says the current practice of seeking cash bail leaves many nonviolent defendants unable to afford to get out of jail while they are awaiting trial.
Herring said the practice raises possible constitutional concerns and puts an undue burden on low-income defendants.
Herring said the state has other ways of keeping communities safe and ensuring that defendants show up in court, including pretrial supervision.
The move away from cash bail has gained support at the state and national level. In New Jersey, cash bail was all but eliminated in 2017.
In April, Richmond’s top prosecutor said he would no longer seek cash bail for defendants who do not appear to pose a risk to the community.