Thursday, January 2, 2020

De Blasio calls for change to new bail reform law

De Blasio calls for change to new bail reform law: Mayor Bill de Blasio called out the new bail reform laws Thursday, one day after they were implemented.

Pre-trial detention and money bail were eliminated for most people accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies, along with some robbery and burglary charges, under the new law, which was pushed for by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law was passed to prevent poor people unable to post bail from languishing in jail for long periods of time.

"There is a chance now for the legislature to get it right," de Blasio said.

Specifically, he wants judges to have discretion as they do in New Jersey, where bail reform laws were overhauled in 2017.

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