Significant changes within Nevada’s bonding system could be in effect statewide soon. Once that occurs, Nevada shall be discriminating. That’s not a evil thing. The pretrial liberation program, being examined in several Nevada counties, is radically different. The courts have ordered an attempt be made to lesson bail inequities. Nevada has entered the movement by permitting testing of the new method.
Most individuals are acquainted with how bond is presently managed. A judge determines a dollar figure determined by the grimness of the offense someone is accused of. As months can pass before a trial takes place, detainees who can pay bail may be released by handing over cash or working with a licensed agent. Indigent detainees are stuck behind bars and stand to lose jobs, homes and families.
The new method will ascertain if an arrestee meets bonding criteria or is freed premised on the prospect of their keeping their court date. Detainees are questioned and their release is based on their answers.
There are various reasons why a new system may help justice function better.
Bond outlay determined by the crime does not consider the capability of the accused to pay. This leaves the justice system favoring the wealthy over the destitute. Drug dealers, commonly with piles of cash, can bond out despite being a danger or flight risk.
“Our judges traditionally set bail blindly,” Taylor Barton, a Las Vegas bail bonds agent said.
“Someone comes to court; bond is determined and often the individual waits in jail for their day in court date. The jurists don’t distinguish if the detainee is a danger to society or not. Many people lose their jobs and homes because they’ve been forced to remain in jail.”
A test application in Clark, Washoe and White Pine counties has seen judges assessing pretrial release determined by evidence and risk evaluation instead. There is no guarantee the application will be used in additional jurisdictions, but it can be expected. Courts in various states have already adopted the program.
Nevada’s risk evaluation involves questioning whether the detainee has been detained “numerous” times for drug or alcohol-related offenses. The answers are scored from 0-11 and the answers can be weighted for various purposes, such as the offender being a gang member.
The biggest pushback has come from bail bondsmen who may lose a significant portion of their profit as more persons are released without bail.
Nevada’s judicial authorities have been prudent to build a system founded on input from specialists as well as direct comments from the model program.