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Lawmakers in Dover are considering a legislative package to amend the Delaware Constitution and end the state’s reliance on cash bail, as a looming end-of-session deadline threatens to delay the reforms.

A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced two complementary measures that would build on a yearslong effort to eliminate cash bail in the First State. One, Senate Bill 222, would create the presumption that most defendants will be released before trial with nonmonetary conditions, instead of having to post bail. The other, Senate Bill 221, would amend the state constitution to expand the range of violent crimes for which pretrial release is unavailable.

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Tom McParland

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