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New York?s New Criminal Justice Reforms are Smart on Crime*

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New York?s New Criminal Justice Reforms are Smart on Crime*

04.03.19 09:56 AM

Arlington, VA – New York will soon enact new reforms to the state’s criminal justice system that will create more equal justice for defendants and keep more people*from being jailed*simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. The state’s agreed-to budget for 2020 falls flat*on the fiscal side but includes key justice reforms that will make the state smarter on crime and help alleviate some of the burden to taxpayers in the long run. Specifically, the budget will: Require prosecutors to share evidence, known as discovery, at the earliest stages of a case. Eliminate cash bail demands for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Help defendants receive quicker access to trial. AFP Senior Policy Analyst Jordan Richardson issued the following statement: “Fiscally,*New York’s budget falls flat, but these criminal justice reforms will level the playing field in courtrooms across the state and protect the constitutional rights of all New Yorkers. Limiting cash bail, ensuring faster access to trial, and requiring quicker evidence sharing will help the least fortunate and save taxpayer dollars by preventing people from languishing in jails as they await their day in court. AFP is uniting with groups on all sides to improve the pretrial process in places like […]

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