If elected for New York City Mayor, Eric Adams would like to change bail reform.
His plan is to give judges more discretion with deciding who should qualify for pre-trial detention.
Not only would this amend the reform that many have found so problematic, but it has Governor Kathy Hochul’s support.
She said the changes will protect the safety of the public as well as provide true justice.
The law was changed in 2019 by getting rid of cash bail and holding people until their hearing for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.
In 2020 it was amended to include some nonviolent felonies as crimes people could still be held for until their trial.
Republicans have always been against the idea of bail reform, and with violence increasing throughout the state, they claim it’s directly related.
Any changes to bail reform need to be passed by the Legislature, and the issue is divided. While Republicans have their stance, many Democrats have shared they will not amend it due to the issues is causes stemming from wealth and racism.
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