Faith leaders speak in support of criminal justice reform

Created: November 22, 2019 12:50 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Rochester-area faith leaders spoke out in support Friday for criminal justice reform laws set to take effect in January.

They say what is coming will change New York for the better.


The leaders applaud reduced reliance on cash bail to determine a person's freedom, and expanded discovery in criminal trials.

"The reforms will have a great and powerful impact on many New Yorkers who have been forced to sit in jail months, or years even, before ever being found guilty of a crime," Rev. Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry said.

On Friday, local law enforcement officers joined others across the state in calling for a delay in the criminal justice reforms.

Law enforcement groups say they have concerns for victims and the potential release of repeat offenders who may commit more crimes.

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