August 01, 2018 Feature

Criminal Justice Reform Is About Fairness: The New Jersey Approach

By Justice Stuart Rabner

Craig Mallon’s1 decision to plead guilty to fourth-degree joyriding in 2016 made sense from a practical standpoint. The New Jersey resident originally denied that he had taken his fiancée’s car without permission. Unable to post 10 percent of a $2,500 bail, Mallon served 124 days in a county jail—maintaining his innocence and waiting for his case to be heard.

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