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SB20-172:Bail Hearing Within 48 Hours Of Arrest

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB20-172
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: L. Herod /M. Soper /P. Lee / V. Marble


The bill requires a court to hold a bond setting hearing within 48
hours after an arrestee’s arrival at a jail or holding center beginning on
July 1, 2021, for in-county arrestees and July 1, 2022, for out-of-county
The bill creates the position of a bond hearing officer to conduct
bond hearings on weekends and holidays throughout the state using
audiovisual technology. The bond hearing officer conducts bond hearings
throughout the state in the counties that request the service of the bond
hearing officer. The public will be able to view the hearings. The bill
creates the county assistance for bond hearings grant program, which will
allow the state court administrator to provide grants to counties to
purchase or upgrade audiovisual devices to allow jails and district
attorneys to connect with the court to allow remote audiovisual bond

Current Status:

Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/24/2020)

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