Quinlan Steiner, the Alaska public defender, said judges have a history of making decisions that had little to do with whether or not people were likely to show up for their court hearings.
Under the Senate’s amendment, judges would be able to order bail for all defendants. The change isn’t final; it’s up to the House to accept or reject, possibly sending it to conference committee.
The state has created an entirely new Pretrial Enforcement Division. Its 60 officers are responsible for monitoring defendants’ compliance with their conditions of release.