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Republicans call for overhaul of bail reform as National Guard is deployed in NYC

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New York Republican lawmakers are pressing for revisions to the state’s bail laws, citing recent incidents as evidence of their shortcomings. Initially passed in 2019, the laws have been modified three times by the Democratic-majority state Legislature, with the latest amendment occurring last year. Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay highlighted a study indicating a high re-arrest rate among individuals released under these laws, emphasizing the urgency for change.


Recent cases, including an attempted kidnapping at St. John Fisher University and the discovery of dismembered bodies in Suffolk County, have fueled the debate. The incidents led to calls for making concealment of a corpse a bail-eligible offense and restoring judges’ discretion in holding potentially dangerous individuals without bail. Republicans criticize the current policies as dangerously lenient, citing these cases as prime examples of the laws’ failure to protect the public.

The push for legislative changes includes proposals to repeal certain aspects of the bail reform and to give judges greater leeway in pre-trial decisions, aiming to address public safety concerns.



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