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Dueling emotional rallies highlight bail reform polarization

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 04, 2020 09:35 PM
Created: February 04, 2020 11:06 AM

ALBANY - The bail reform battle rages on at the state Capitol in Albany.

This is a story NewsChannel 13 has been following for you since the start of the year, when new criminal justice laws went into effect.

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Dueling rallies were held on the issue on Tuesday. Some say the changes need to go, while others say there's no turning back.

Unless people were at the state Capitol, it's really difficult to grasp the level of emotion, passion, and anger expressed at the state Capitol over bail reform, which has become an extremely polarizing issue.

On the steps of the Great Western Staircase, more than 200 police officers – most in uniform – along with district attorneys and GOP lawmakers - rallied, asserting that bail reform has made New Yorkers less safe, has endangered our communities, and therefore needs to be rolled back - repealed so stakeholders and law enforcement professionals have a seat at the table when criminal justice reform is renegotiated.

However, many black and brown people – as they labeled themselves, showed up outside the Senate chamber on Tuesday afternoon to stand their ground. They were arguing that not only is bail reform necessary and just, but it didn't go far enough.

The advocates are very mindful of a Facebook group called "Repeal Bail Reform," that seems to be growing in opposition very rapidly.

Hear both sides discuss their arguments by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


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