Missouri Bond Reform Could Limit Courts

A new bond reform will go into effect on July 1 that would change the process of incarceration before trial.

According to the bond reform, the plan would restrict courts from charging defendants bail as a condition of release.

The new rules would not only limit how long a defendant can be detained before a hearing but adds provisions that limit the court’s ability to order payment in the first place.

Under the reform, a court may only order pretrial detention, if by clear and convincing evidence, that no combination of non-monetary and monetary considerations will ensure the safety of the community or any person.

The move corresponds with a special legislative session last year that focused on funding of programs such as drug treatment courts.

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