All hearings of the Special Committee Criminal Justice Reform take place in Council Chambers, City Hall, Room 400, unless otherwise noted. Hearings will air live on Comcast Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 and stream live on’s viewer.

Committee Hearing Schedule

The Economic Impact of Pretrial Detention: Housing and Public Benefits

Panel 1
Amy Hirsch, Community Legal Services
Rachel Garland, Community Legal Services

Panel 2
Dr. Bruce Herdman, Department of Prisons

Panel 1 – Providing an overview and a three month update on the State of New Jersey’s new bail reform regulations.
Geoffrey Soriano, Assistant Attorney General
Angelo Onofri, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office
Margaret Butler, Office of the Public Defender – Camden

Panel 2 – Providing a brief overview of bail reform movements across the country, including the goals, benefits, issues and concerns to revamped systems in other jurisdictions.
Megan Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania