Leading New York lawmaker urges patience on bail reform

An intensified debate over New York's bail law continues at the State Capitol, with the top Democrat in the State Assembly saying he wants to let the reforms play out without changes.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 10:18 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An intensified debate over New York's bail law continues at the State Capitol, with the top Democrat in the State Assembly saying he wants to let the reforms play out without changes.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie urged people to have patience with the newly implemented bail law, which has received increasing scrutiny over its rules that allow New York courts to release people who would have remained in jail under the old rules.

The law, which went into place at the beginning of the year, eliminated money bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies.

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