Turmoil brews between lawmakers as they tackle bail reform changes in extended state budget talks

State lawmakers passed an extension Monday to buy them more time when it comes to passing the state budget. One of the issues holding them up is bail reform.

News 12 Staff

Apr 5, 2022, 9:50 AM

Updated 743 days ago

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State lawmakers passed an extension Monday to buy them more time when it comes to passing the state budget. One of the issues holding them up is bail reform.
Time is ticking for the $216 billion state budget. While lawmakers were able to buy more time with the extension, they continue to disagree on the changes to bail reform included in the state's new budget.
The New York State Bail Reform passed in 2019 and eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanor charges. Today's bail reform keeps many out of Rikers Island. Some fear the changes to bail reform in this year's budget could target those charged with lower-level offenses.
In a report released by New York State Comptroller Brad Lander just days ago, he found that the 2019 bail reform did not make bail more affordable and it did not prevent incarceration for those still subject to bail. However instead of rolling back reforms, he is asking for legislators to invest in programs that prevent crime and promote community safety.
Bail Reform Assembly Member Latrice Walker went on a two-week hunger strike to show her disapproval over proposed changes.


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