Utah judges will be able to deny bail to more people thanks to a constitutional amendment approved Tuesday by voters.
In the past, judges had to grant bail unless a person was charged with a capital offense or with committing a felony while on probation or parole or while free on bail awaiting trial on a previous felony charge.Proposition 1, which was approved, 76.95 percent to 23.04 percent, according to complete but unofficial results, will also allow judges to keep people in jail pending trial if their release would constitute a substantial danger to anyone or if they would be likely to flee if released.
Proposition 1 was one of two successful ballot proposals recommended by the Constitutional Revision Commission. The second measure won by a margin of 62.14 percent to 37.85 percent.
Proposition 2 was a collection of miscellaneous amendments. Among other things, it clarifies requirements for when the Legislature should reapportion congressional, legislative and other voting districts, reduces the maximum number of state senators from 30 to 29, drops a paragraph transferring territorial property to the state when Utah joined the Union, and allows the state fair to be held outside Salt Lake City.
It also cuts language requiring the state to provide for the support and maintenance of reformatory and penal institutions and those for the deaf, blind, insane and dumb - a requirement already in state and federal law.