Democrats consider altering NY’s new bail reform law

Created: January 07, 2020 06:29 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) — Democrats are opening the door to changes on New York's bail reform law as the legislative session begins this week. 

New York's bail law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, did away with money bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies.


Law enforcement officials and Republicans have spent months raising red flags on the changes, but their criticism caught more fervor in the last week as courts across the state have released people who would have remained behind bars under the old rules.

"We are done laying down and taking it," New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said. "We are going to fight back and fight back with authority as Republicans."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will consider adding hate crimes to the list of offenses for which judges can set bail. 

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