Bail reform bill passed by Senate

By Tom Lehman 11:17pm, May 8, 2013 - Updated 11:23pm, May 8, 2013
The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill aimed at toughening bail conditions for violent and dangerous offenders.

Under the bill, if a Superior Court judge finds sufficient evidence that someone who committed a violent felony while they were already out on bail for a previous offense will have the original bail revoked.

Repeat offenders would forfeit their cash bail and would face a new bail total that is at least twice as much.

The measure also sets a presumption that cash bail be imposed for those charged with a violent felon involving firearms

It also stipulates that courts must require defendants to show up in court when summoned as part of their bail conditions.

The bill passed the House in March and now heads to Gov. Markell for his signature.

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