This bill would have reformed WV's broken bail system.  As it passed the House this bill would have established that for most non-violent, non-drug misdemeanors, there would be a presumption of pretrial release on personal recognizance.  Magistrates could overcome the presumption by showing cause, and prosecutors would be allowed to appeal.  The Senate version required a magistrate to apply the least restrictive conditions for all people awaiting a trial, and required specific, individualized findings of risk of flight or risk to public safety if bail is imposed.

Sponsors

Shott, Fleischauer, Kelly, D., Wilson, Pushkin, Fluharty

Status

Failed

Session

2019

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