Come this summer, changes will be made regarding how Missouri detains criminal suspects.
The Missouri Supreme Court presented new rules for setting bail Wednesday after a panel of experts found that too many residents who are arrested for low-level offenses can't afford bail and remain in jail awaiting a hearing. Officials found this causes defendants their jobs and to be more likely to reoffend.
The court has now ordered significant changes regarding pre-trial release.
One condition mandates that courts must first consider non-monetary conditions for release, and only impose bail if necessary to ensure the public's safety.
Additionally, courts cannot order a defendant to pay any portion of their bail without first considering how to lower the amount or whether to waive the cost.
The new rule also limits how long a defendant can be jailed without a court hearing.
The changes go into effect July 1.