The Right to a Bail Hearing

Arizona Appeals Court Calls Charge-Based Bail Unconstitutional

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny people bail based solely on the charges against them. In the opinion of Simpson v Hon. Steinle/State, Judge Peter B. Swann said “We do not hold that the petitioners were entitled to bail, but that they were entitled to hearings at which the judges could consider whether any release conditions could protect the victims and the community.”

The full opinion can be found here

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