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Democrats say now is not the time to change bail reform across NYS

A letter from the top lawmakers in Assembly and Senate health committees pushed back against the notion of changing bail law.

Prior to the rise of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 — the bail reform measures enacted on January 1st were by far the most-controversial item in front of lawmakers.

Now that isn’t the case.


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In the letter, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Sen. Gustavo Rivera warned that making changes could lead to more people in jails, creating an increase risk for people to contract the coronavirus.

“Jails are uniquely intensive breeding grounds for contagious diseases,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Social distancing is virtually impossible in the close quarters of a jail.”

Lawmakers had been mulling the idea of a change, but that appears to be off the table now.