TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is pressuring lawmakers to revamp the state's bail system to keep violent criminals behind bars and to release suspects in minor crimes who cannot afford bail.
Christie joined an advocate group in reiterating his support for a state constitutional amendment and a law to make the changes. Christie says crimes are often committed by people who are free on bail.
But Christie also says the criminal justice system should service citizens, regardless of their financial situation.
"How can we continue to allow a system to exist that fails our poor, that fails those who pose no risk to our communities, and that fails our citizens because we're allowing dangerous people to walk free, just because they can afford to?" he asks.
Christie called on the state Assembly to pass the amendment at a special legislative hearing Thursday.
Lawmakers have until Monday to approve the amendment so voters can decide on the ballot come November.
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