Don't Arrest People With Low-Level Bench Warrants, NJ Attorney General Tells Cops

New Jersey’s acting attorney general wants to make a change to police arrest practices in the state, starting with anyone who has a warrant out for a low-level offense.

Police “in most instances” should no longer arrest people with municipal court bench warrants with bail amounts of $500 or less, Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced last week.

Bench warrants are most often issued to individuals who fail to appear for a municipal court hearing or pay money the owe. Those finding themselves before the municipal court have often violated traffic laws, local ordinances or committed low-level offenses like shoplifting, Platkin explained in his announcement.


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