Senate passes bill to end cash bail for nonviolent misdemeanors
Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Senate gave final approval to S.27, a bill that would prohibit the use of cash bail for nonviolent misdemeanor offenses. This year, the Vermont Department of Corrections reported that nearly 200 people were being held in custody pre-trial because they didn’t post bail. Several states and jurisdictions that have eliminated cash bail or have greatly limited its allowable use have seen higher rates of appearance in court. This bill would prohibit the imposition of cash bail in cases where the defendant has been charged with a misdemeanor and to require criminal justice stakeholders to develop recommendations to eliminate cash bail. It would also require the Department of Corrections (DOC) to report racial data on pretrial detainees, and require the Judiciary to establish and implement a system to notify those charged with a criminal offense of upcoming court hearings.