NJSPBA President Outlines some of the Problems with New Jersey’s Risk Assessment Program
New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association President (NJSPBA) Pat Colligan clearly outlines some of the problems with New Jersey’s risk assessment program, which is an algorithm developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
The risk assessment algorithm does not take into account the victims of crime and it creates a burden for the court system and prosecutors to try and adequately go through a “mini trial,” as Pat Colligan calls it, within 90 days of a defendant’s release.
New Jersey’s bail reform is flawed, and for some reason Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) believe that it is the same type of system that California needs. New Jersey had an estimated population of 8.944 million in 2016 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while California’s estimated population was 39.250 million. If New Jersey is struggling with that population size under its bail reform, how is California going fair if New Jersey’s bail reform is implemented in California? California cannot afford to make the same mistakes they did in New Jersey by ending monetary bail.