Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Updated: December 05, 2019 07:43 PM
Created: December 05, 2019 06:43 PM
Beginning on January 1, bail reform will allow people accused of non-violent felonies to be released without bail. The goal is to prevent disruptions in the lives of those accused, because they haven't been found guilty yet.
Over the past few weeks, we've heard lots of concerns from New York district attorneys and law enforcement officials about the changes.
However, many people in poor communities have lost their jobs, homes, and families - and in many cases have forfeited their right to a trial because they couldn't afford bail.
Hear from one mother who says her daughter was taken from her when she could afford bail, by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.
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