Constitutional amendment on pre-trial detention introduced, 'let the phone calls and emails begin'

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The Idaho Senate Judiciary Committee agreed today to introduce legislation to amend the Idaho Constitution to allow defendants accused of “dangerous crimes” to be held without bail before they go to trial, but senators on the committee had lots of questions about the proposal, which comes from the state Criminal Justice Commission. “Let the phone calls and emails begin,” said Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland, the committee vice-chair, after the panel’s vote. Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther, speaking as a member of the governor’s Criminal Justice Commission, said, “This is an evidence-based, risk-based way to protect public safety.” He said, “The release of such a person should not depend on the financial assets of the defendant – it should depend...

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Constitutional amendment on pre-trial detention introduced, 'let the phone calls and emails begin'

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