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Bail Reform Measure Clears Del. House Panel


DOVER, Del. - A bill revising Delaware's bail laws in an effort to keep violent repeat offenders off the streets has cleared a House committee.

The Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to release the measure after revisions were made in response to criticisms from bail industry officials.

The bill establishes tougher bail requirements when a person is charged with a violent felony while on probation or pretrial release for an earlier offense. Among other things, it creates a presumption in favor of cash bail in such cases and authorizes judges to revoke bail if a person charged with a violent felony is found to have committed a subsequent violent felony while out on bail.

The revised bill deletes a provision requiring defendants to identify who posted their bail and where the money came from.

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