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Assemblywoman looks to amend bail reform laws she voted for

Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Created: January 16, 2020 06:49 PM

A local assemblywoman is looking to amend New York's controversial new bail reform laws, just months after she voted for them.

Pat Fahy is co-sponsoring three pieces of legislation to address domestic violence, hate crimes, and sex offenses.

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She says the reforms were the right decision, but it's clear changes need to be made.

She is proposing amendments that would allow judges more discretion with those offenses to set a bail if they see fit.

Fahy also says she understands it's going to take time for judges and district attorneys to adapt to the new system, pointing out that New Jersey implemented bail reform over a three-year period. New York is trying to do it in nine months.

Hear more about why she wants to amend the laws, by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.


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