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Is bail reform working in New York State? Data shows under 4% arrested after release from jail

New data released by New York State shows that less than 4% of people who were out on bail were rearrested for violent felonies.

This comes after months of criticism from Republican lawmakers who claimed that the state’s bail reform measures ultimately made communities less safe.

The data comes after an Albany Times Union analysis published over the weekend. 

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In roughly 1% of cases, people who were released after being arrested — were arrested again on violent felony charges. However, prosecutors say there are exceptions that make up a bigger chunk of the data than the initial release shows.

Critics of bail reform, as designed, also say domestic incidents are a point of concern. Many say they want to see the data here, before making any determinations on the success rate of bail reform changes.



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