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Law enforcement urge governor to reconsider bail reform

WNYT Staff
Updated: November 21, 2019 02:52 PM
Created: November 21, 2019 02:23 PM

Bail reform has been touted for months but now, with just weeks left in the year, members of law enforcement are calling on the governor and legislature to rethink it.

There was a strong show of force Thursday morning from across the state to speak out against it.

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Sheriffs, chiefs of police, and district attorneys are among those who gather to tell the state to take another look at a criminal justice reform bill that will take effect January 1.

Cops from Ulster to Jefferson counties, from Clinton to St. Lawrence, and from right here in the Capital Region gathered at the Albany County Justice Center. One of several simultaneous news conferences to tell the New York State Legislature to take another look at the criminal justice reform.

It came as part of a budget package six months ago that will eliminate cashless bail for a wide range of crimes.

Proponents say it's for low-level offenders to address the state's jailing crisis and to fight mass incarceration.

However, law enforcement here say otherwise.

Hear more about their concerns, by watching the video of John Craig's story.


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