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Ohio rule says nonmonetary bail should be judges' 1st choice

Posted at 10:38 AM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 10:38:19-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has approved a rule that says non-cash bonds must be the first choice for judges when considering defendants' bail conditions.

The court adopted the rule following 2019 recommendations from a court task force examining change to the bail system.

The new rule takes effect July 1.

Maureen O'Connor is the chief justice of the state Supreme Court and a strong advocate of reducing reliance on cash bonds.

She says the rule expands on requirements last year requiring judges to use the smallest amount of monetary bond when setting cash bonds.

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