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NYS Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay
Karen DeWitt

Law enforcement leaders and some Republicans in the New York state legislature are pushing back against recent criminal justice reforms approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-led state legislature. They say a recent uptick in violent crimes might mean the new laws went too far, and they would like to see the policies reversed.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday.

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate says it’s likely that changes will soon be made to the state’s new bail reform laws, which ended most forms of cash bail for nonviolent offenses. Meanwhile the state’s chief judge is also calling for amendments to the laws. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll out Monday shows support for New York state's bail reform plummeting, following weeks of pushback about the new laws from police groups and prosecutors. 

NYS Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, D-Brooklyn, speaks against making changes to New York's bail reforms at a rally at the state Capitol February 12, 2020.
Karen DeWitt

A proposal in the State Senate to roll back part of New York’s recently enacted bail reforms has produced an angry backlash from supporters of the law. The measure took effect January 1 and ended most forms of cash bail for non-violent crimes.  

NYS Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan speaking with Karen DeWitt
Dan Clark

Republican state lawmakers will be holding roundtable forums around the state to discuss the fallout from New York’s criminal justice reforms which on January 1 ended most forms of cash bail for nonviolent crimes.

New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones meets with North Country law enforcement officials to discuss new bail reform laws
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones met with law enforcement officials in Plattsburgh Friday to discuss potential reforms to the newly implemented discovery and bail reforms.

Law enforcement officials from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties discuss the impact of bail and discovery reforms set to go into effect January 1st
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Siena College poll released today measures New Yorkers’ thoughts on the state’s new criminal justice laws and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

As New York state Democrats wrestle with bail and discovery reforms, the Rensselaer County Legislature is weighing in.

In today’s Congressional Corner WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18th District have a speed-round Q&A addressing bail reform, the proposed U.S.-Mexico- Canada Trade Agreement, tax reform and SALT caps, and the 2020 Presidential Election.

Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

The backlash to New York’s new law that ends most forms of cash bail continues at the capitol, but the Senate Leader says she does not want to rush to change the reforms until they are given a chance to work. 

Courtesy of Pace University

Since changes to criminal justice laws took effect in New York January 1, there have been heated discussions, especially about the elimination of cash bail for most nonviolent offenses. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Pace University Law School Professor David Dorfman, a criminal law expert.

HV Lawmakers Urge Changes To Bail Reform

Jan 8, 2020
Jail cell

Some New York state lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are calling for changes to criminal justice reforms that took effect January 1. There is bipartisan support to pass legislation that would allow judges to consider how dangerous a defendant is when determining pre-trial detention.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Among some top New York Democrats, there are some cracks in the support for criminal justice reforms in 2020 that have eliminated most forms of cash bail. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the state’s attorney general are among those now saying they are open to making some changes. 

Dr. Alice Green
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

District attorneys and police chiefs across New York have voiced their opposition to new criminal justice reforms but a longtime Albany activist says "people should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty."

New Year, New Laws In New York

Dec 30, 2019
New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

On January 1, several new laws take effect in New York, including major changes to the criminal justice system. 

A staff member digitizes documents at the Albany County District Attorney's office
Jim Levulis / WAMC

On January 1st, sweeping reforms to New York’s criminal justice system will go into effect. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at how law enforcement agencies in Albany County are preparing for the changes…

From left to right: NYCLU's Nicole Triplett, New Yorkers United for Justice's Khalil Cumberbatch, Citizen Action of New York's Erin George, and Citizen Action of New York's Amy Jones
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Advocates for criminal justice reforms set to take effect on January 1st in New York are speaking out against the backlash from several upstate officials.

Law enforcement officials from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties discuss the impact of bail and discovery reforms set to go into effect January 1st
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A series of criminal justice reforms set to take effect on January 1st in New York will revise the bail and discovery process. Law enforcement officials across the state have been speaking out against the reforms. In New York’s North Country, law enforcement officials and the District Attorneys from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties recently gathered in Plattsburgh to discuss how the measures could negatively impact the North Country.

Jesse King / WAMC

Law enforcement officials, local district attorneys and state lawmakers are among those trying to stop criminal justice reforms due to take effect in the new year. Now, Republican New York State Senator Jim Tedisco and Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara have introduced a bill seeking to amend upcoming bail reforms.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple surrounded by law enforcement officials from across New York
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Law enforcement officials across New York state today spoke out against criminal justice reforms set to take effect in January, as the call to bring lawmakers back to Albany for a special session grows louder.

Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy speaking at the NYCOM meeting in Albany
Karen DeWitt

Mayors across New York are the latest to express concerns about the bail reform and other criminal justice changes that take effect in January. The mayors say they don’t have the resources or the money to properly carry out the new laws.

Saratoga County D.A. Karen Heggen, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and State Senator Jim Tedisco.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New criminal justice laws will be on the books in New York next year. But several Saratoga County state and local Republican officials are pushing for a delay.

Senator Sue Serino, at a press conference at the State Capitol, proposes changes to NY's bail reform laws
Karen DeWitt

Sweeping reforms that will end cash bail for all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges in New York state take effect in January. But some law enforcement groups are objecting, saying the changes go too far and could jeopardize public safety. 

Ulster County DA Candidates Lay Out Their Stances

Oct 25, 2019
The Statue Of Justice
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Among the issues they disagree about, the candidates for Ulster County district attorney have different visions for carrying out criminal justice reform.

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County joined a national movement this month when its district attorney implemented a no cash bail policy.

    With a new legislative session just underway on Beacon Hill, there is a new effort to block what some complain is a revolving door at the state’s courthouses.

Massachusetts State Police


        In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system.  Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfield, who has repeatedly called out judges he says are putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.

NYCLU Report Looks At Cash Bail Impacts

Mar 15, 2018
Jail cell

The New York Civil Liberties Union has released a report it hopes will inform the state-level discussion on bail reform. The NYCLU claims its report shares unknown information on the use of bail. But, one Hudson Valley district attorney does see a need for bail reform and takes issue with some of the proposals being discussed.

NYCLU Lawsuit In Dutchess Aims To Effect Bail Reform

Jan 11, 2018
Jail cell

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging a Dutchess County man was put behind bars unfairly because he could not afford the cash bail. The man was accused of misdemeanor shoplifting. The NYCLU hopes the suit makes a case for bail reform at the same time Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for reform.