In the beginning of 2017, New Jersey implemented a new bail system that differs significantly from earlier bail rules. Most people are familiar with the basic rules of traditional bail: a person charged with an offense puts up a sum of money for release until trial. The amount typically depends on the severity of the offense and the likelihood the defendant will flee.
New Jersey introduced its reforms in response to common complaints about the problems with the traditional way of posting bail. One outstanding issue is those people, often charged with minor offenses, who cannot afford bail and so remain incarcerated. For many, this results in job loss and other serious consequences.