Some Newark officials are worried that recent changes to the NJ bail system could be endangering the public welfare by putting criminal suspects back on the streets. Calls for further bail reform are especially loud in the aftermath of a shooting reportedly committed by a criminal suspect released without bail.
The Newark NJ shooting suspect is a 24-year-old resident of Irvington, NJ. According to law enforcement, the suspect used a handgun to shoot someone at a residence on South 11th Street in Newark, NJ.
The suspect was previously arrested by Newark NJ police and charged with drug possession and weapons offenses. However, because of New Jersey bail reform, the suspect was released from jail without needing to post bail.
He was later arrested for the shooting incident. Moreover, when police captured the suspect, he was reportedly wearing his electronic monitoring bracelet.
Anthony Ambrose, the Newark public safety director, issued a statement about the recent shooting and declared that the New Jersey bail system needs an overhaul. Ambrose said that the current bail system allows dangerous individuals to be released from police custody and to roam the streets.
For more information, read the NJ.com article, “Bail Reform Again Criticized After Freed Newark Suspect Charged in Shooting.”