Lawmakers, law enforcement divided on new criminal justice reforms

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Criminal justice reforms are set to take effect in the new year, but in Rockland County, people are fighting to put it on pause.

The community, including lawmakers, law enforcement and families, are divided over the controversial criminal justice reforms. The controversial bail reform laws set to go into effect in the state will allow people charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies to be released without cash bail, pending their trials.

Among those in support of the reforms are current congressional candidate Mondaire Jones. He stood alongside demonstrators ahead of the meeting Tuesday showing support.

He says under the current system, people are incarcerated before even seeing court.

Officers told News 12 their biggest issue with the reforms is that they were passed by the state with no input from law enforcement.

Law enforcement across the state are pleading for Albany to put the reforms on pause until they can share their concerns.

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