TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters have approved amending the state constitution to eliminate the right to bail for those accused of crimes.

The measure approved Tuesday is a major step in the state’s plan to overhaul the bail system. The changes are intended to keep those deemed dangerous locked up as they await trial while letting low-level suspects free even if they can’t afford bail.

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Proponents say the changes would keep the state safer, help people accused of nonviolent crimes and reduce jail crowding.

Backers of the bill include Republican Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers from both parties.

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But opponents are wary, saying that while the intentions may be honorable, the amendment is flawed because it doesn’t spell out a right to a speedy trial for those detained without bail.

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