Orangetown officials inform community on bail reform legislation changes

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Law enforcement officials at the Orangetown Police Commission say they want to get the word out in a non-partisan way about newly passed - and greatly contested - bail reform legislation.

The criminal justice reforms are set to go into effect next year.

Some officials say the main concern is public safety, that the criminal justice reform passed in the 2020 state budget is "abrupt and dramatic."  They say it did not take into account the added pressure on law enforcement.

The reforms change bail and pre-trial detention policies. Both are eliminated in most nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors, excluding sex offenses and criminal contempt charges for an order of protection in a domestic violence case.

Both are also eliminated for class A drug felonies, unless the charge is for major drug trafficking.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says the changes were made in part to make sure a person's wealth is not the determining factor for pre-trial detention while awaiting their day in court.

Many are urging state officials to repeal the changes before they go into effect on Jan. 1.

 

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