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Maryland court approves bail reform rules

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Posted at 5:49 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 07:28:31-05
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has approved changes to the state's pretrial system so people are not held in jail simply because they can't afford bail.
 
The court's seven judges unanimously approved the changes on Tuesday. They will be effective July 1.
 
The change comes after the court heard hours of testimony last month on rule changes proposed by the Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and Procedure.
 
In October, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh urged the committee to ensure judicial officers consider an individual's ability to pay bail, and not set financial conditions solely for the purpose of detaining a defendant.