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Monroe County Jail population drops by 168 because of bail reform

Berkeley Brean
Updated: January 07, 2020 06:14 PM
Created: January 07, 2020 05:31 PM

(WHEC) — News10NBC decided to find out how many inmates have been released from the county jails in our area over the past month under the provisions of the state's new bail reform. 

We found the population in every jail is down. 

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We picked a starting date of Dec. 1 because that's when a lot of local police departments and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office started to process inmates out of jail. 

Here are the numbers:

Monroe County Jail

Dec. 2: 882

Jan. 7: 714

The Monroe County Jail inmate roster counts since July are as follows:

July 1, 2019:  996

Aug. 1, 2019:  961

Sept. 2, 2019:  952

Oct. 1, 2019:  1,000

Nov. 1, 2019:  986

Dec. 2, 2019:  882

Jan. 7, 2020:  714

Ontario County Jail

Dec. 1: 155

Jan. 7: 115

Livingston County Jail

Dec. 1: 129

Jan. 7: 112

Wayne County Jail

Dec. 1: 49

Jan. 7: 44

Genesee County Jail

Dec. 1:  67 

Jan. 7: 49

A closer look at the jail population in Monroe County shows it reached 1,000 on Oct. 1, 2019.

Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "Since inmates have started to leave the jail, have you noticed a difference inside the jail?"

Capt. James McGowan, Monroe County Jail: "The most obvious difference is the 25% drop in population. So out of about 1,000 our count now is just over 700."

James McGowan is a captain at the Monroe County Jail.

Capt. McGowan: "One of our biggest concerns is quite a few people in jail receive a lot of programs in this jail and those are the people that really need them. They go back out into the community and a lot of them don't have that support out in the community. 

Brean: "You probably had the opportunity to meet some of the inmates who have been released since Dec. 1. Do you think some of them should be back in here?"

Capt. McGowan: "I would like to see some of them here just for the help we were currently giving them and I think we could keep giving them."

At a speech in New York City Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended bail reform saying it's about equality. 

"But changing the system, which we started to do, is complicated and has a number of ramifications," Gov. Cuomo said. "There's no doubt this is still a work in progress and there are other changes that have to be made."

The governor said there are "consequences we have to adjust for." I asked his office what he meant by "consequences." I'm waiting on the answer. 

New York State Attorney General Leticia James says she wants changes especially when it comes to the discretion a judge has to put someone in jail and the amount of time police and prosecutors have to get evidence to defense lawyers. 

News10NBC is going to the governor's State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday where we will listen for any proposed changes to bail and criminal justice reform. 


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