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Renewed push for bail reform in New York

Renewed push for bail reform in New York

May 04, 2018 07:15 AM

There’s a renewed push to get rid of bail, allowing some people accused of a crime to be released from jail without needing money.

This is something News10NBC first told you about back in February.

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Governor Cuomo wants to get rid of the bail system for those who commit misdemeanors, and non-violent felonies. Instead of paying up, suspects would make a promise to return or be placed on community supervision while they await trial.
    
Our sister station in Albany, WNYT.com, spoke with the district attorney there. He says the move would completely change the criminal justice system.
    
"We do see abuses in bail being set and we want an end to that. But the end to that is not to just put together a policy that creates presumptive release on 85 percent of the offenses in the penal law,” says David Soares, the District Attorney of Albany County.

Supporters say this would save taxpayers billions in jail costs. There's currently no bail reform bill in either the state assembly or senate.

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