New York budget would roll back some bail reforms

By FRITZ MAYER
Posted 4/2/20

If the New York Legislature approves the budget worked out in a deal with Governor Andrew Cuomo, some of the bail reforms that were passed last year would be modified. The changes will allow for cash …

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New York budget would roll back some bail reforms

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If the New York Legislature approves the budget worked out in a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, some of the bail reforms that were passed last year would be modified. The changes will allow for cash bail for crimes that were previously exempt like sex trafficking, second degree burglary, money laundering and child pornogrphy.

Cuomo and the legislature faced a fierce backlash from the criminal justice community as a number of criminals were released on thier own recognizanse.

Sen. Jen Metzger was one of the lawmakers who worked on the changes. She said in a statement, “In the Legislature, I have been pressing for sensible amendments to the criminal justice reforms passed last year, and served on the Senate working group to recommend changes. While not all of our recommendations made it into the final budget, many of them did, and go a long way to addressing concerns that have been raised. I believe the amendments are fair, just and protective of all New Yorkers. Building on last year’s reforms, they fix a system that practically everyone agreed was fundamentally flawed.”

A press release from Metzger'r office said, "A number of key issues were addressed, including extending the discovery deadline, protecting the identity of 911 callers, strengthening protective orders, clarifying provisions on submission of video footage, the timing of forensic reports and other provisions. The amendments also address discovery for non-criminal vehicle and traffic offenses and municipal infractions, which will greatly reduce the administrative challenges of the discovery reforms."

The budget proposal includes a $40 million criminal justice discovery fund to help localities meet the cost of new discovery requirements

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