Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Yuma County Superior Court Testing Out New Pretrial Release System

Yuma County Superior Court will be testing out a new system of pretrial releases. Heather Murphy from the Arizona Supreme Court says it will help judges do their job more effectively and save you money. Currently the country spends $9 billion a year to hold defendants before trial. The Yuma county jail makes up part of that money. Murphy says a new system could lower that number and save public funds. It will help decide if a defendant should get out of jail before trial.
She adds the new system is data-driven, which will eliminate guesswork for judges. They will use nine factors to determine the release of a defendant based on statistical science and evidence. Yuma County is one of five areas in Arizona that will test out this new system.

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