New court rules across Missouri will result in more accused criminals being released on lower bonds or bonds with no monetary requirements. The State Supreme Court has said the bond reform rules are designed to make sure defendants aren’t punished based on financial status.
Camden County Prosecutor Heather Miller says the new rules will come with growing pains.
Critics say the new rules will lead to more defendants failing to appear for court with no monetary or surety bonds to compel them to show. The new rules officially went into effect Monday but have been phased in over the last few months.