New Jersey Bail Process Amendment (2012)

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The New Jersey Bail Process Amendment did not make the November 2012 ballot in the state of New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have changed the bail process in the state by giving judges the option to keep those considered a danger to the community in prison before their trial. The measure was proposed while the state legislature was in 2012 session.[1]

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See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, the state legislature must approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 60% but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the New Jersey State Legislature approve it by a simple majority. Four states (Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) have an either/or system: a proposed amendment must be passed by simple majority in two separate legislative sessions, or by a supermajority vote of one session.

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