With Jails Crowded, Iowa Lowers Bonds for Many Charges


In part to address jail overcrowing, the Iowa Supreme Court has lowered the uniform bond schedule that determines how much defendants must pay to be released on bail at times when court isn’t in session, reports the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The biggest change came for higher-level misdemeanors and lower-level felonies, some of which were cut by more than half.

The cost to get out of jail for an aggravated misdemeanor — for example, carrying a concealed knife or getting caught driving drunk a second time — was $6,500. Under the new schedule, defendants can leave jail after putting down $2,000. Class D felonies fell from $9,750 to an even $5,000, and serious misdemeanors dropped from $1,950 to $1,000. High-level drug dealing offenses that used to carry $130,000 bond will be lowered to $100,000.

Link: http://www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2007/08/06/news/metro/1375bc8a0b8026728625732e00117e63.txt

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