Nevada Newsmakers

Host: Sam Shad

Chris Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney

"The net effect of that bail bill is huge fiscally throughout the state."

- Chris Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney, discusses the Valdez-Jimenez decision from the Nevada Supreme Court which changed how bail is handled. Effective July 1, 2022, the Nevada Legislature codified the decision into statutory law where initial bail hearings are required to occur 24/7, 365 days a year, which he says will cost millions of dollars to implement. He also explains this could change bail practices — historically weighing community safety and likelihood to attend future proceedings — to an expectation of release.