Vote Recommendation: For
The proposal at hand makes very specific requirements towards making it easier to get bail: judges are required to consider own recognizance and, failing which, restrictions on conduct in lieu of cash bail, and to use cash bail only as a last resort against not granting bail altogether. It also requires leniency on the part of judges in granting bail, and restricts cash bail to a level that is reasonably affordable, and for the cost of cash bail (if a commercial lender is used) to be refunded in full if the suspect is not convicted in court.
We believe this proposal is a compromise between those that want to abolish cash bail altogether, against those that believe that not permitting cash bail would make it harder to deter suspects from committing offences while on bail. The result is a proposal that makes cash bail a last resort, require cash bail amounts to be affordable and fully refundable. The MoWAA believes this is a sensible compromise but we await the verdict of the GA as a whole.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For the General Assembly resolution at vote, "Bail Conditions Arrangements".
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