SALT LAKE CITY – Pending laws could repeal a 2020 bill that reforms Utah’s bailout system.
Last year’s House Bill 206 allows some defendants to be released from prison prior to trial if a judge determines that the defendant is unlikely to flee the jurisdiction and poses a threat to the public.
Although cash may still be allocated for bail, the law helps ensure that defendants are provided with “the least restrictive, reasonably available conditions that the court will determine that will affect the defendant’s appearance as necessary and” prior to trial adequately ensure the safety of every other person. Property and the community. “
Proponents of House Bill 206 argue that a person’s ability to get out of jail before trial should not be tied to the person’s financial ability to post bail.
“What it did was make sure the rich, who might also be dangerous, had a chance to get off while they continued to commit their crimes,” Utah County Attorney David Leavitt said of the old bail system. “What we need is the ability to detain wealthy people who are dangerous without bail.”
Those who want to keep the new law in place say that the most violent people in our community are not bailed out, regardless of their ability to bail.
“That’s why we’re here because we’re passionate about the profits we make and are concerned about the risk of losing them,” said Sim Gill, Salt Lake County district attorney.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, Executive Director of Salt Lake Right-Backs Rich Mauro, Davis County Public Defender Coordinator Todd Utzinger, and Utah County’s Defender Ben Aldana attended a news conference Wednesday, to condemn what they believe is an attempt of “bad faith” to overturn the bill.
This year’s House Bill 220, which cleared the Utah House of Representatives on Friday, would repeal almost everything in last year’s House Bill 206. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that House Bill 220 is being supported by sheriffs from across the state, with the help of lobbying from former house spokesman Greg Hughes.
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