The following is an excerpt from nj1050.com:
Right now, under the New Jersey State Constitution, everyone is entitled to bail before conviction, except in cases where the defendant is charged with capital crimes that are punishable by death. Because New Jersey has eliminated the death penalty, everybody is actually entitled to bail. Legislation in Trenton that mirrors federal law seeks to give judges some discretion….
On June 14, 2012, the State Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing on an identical resolution that proposes constitutional amendment to provide that release on bail may be denied to certain offenders. The panel has already unanimously approved the measure co-sponsored by State Senators Donald Norcross, Kevin O’Toole and Dick Codey.
The proposed amendment must lay on the desks of legislators for a period of 20 calendar days, and a public hearing must be held on the measure, prior to a vote by the full Senate. Any proposed constitutional amendment must receive a three-fifths vote in each house of the Legislature to be submitted to voters in November of the year it is proposed; if the measure receives a majority vote, but not a three-fifths vote, it may be submitted to the voters after a second majority vote the following year.
For full article/ audio see: Every NJ Defendant Is Entitled To Bail, No Matter How Dangerous …
See also, Phila. courts overhauling bail system – Philly.com (6/15/12)