Leadership of the New York State Senate has proposed compromise bail reform legislation that incorporates some aspects of Gov. Hochul’s 10-point public safety plan. The potential compromise would allow judges to issue cash bail in certain cases in which people are accused of new crimes after being released pretrial. It would also offer prosecutors more leeway when providing discovery in court; lower the thresholds for gun trafficking charges; and let courts order mental health assessments for people charged with crimes.
New York Focus obtained a proposal drafted by Senate leadership this weekend and presented to the chamber’s Democratic caucus. The proposal is not final, and on Wednesday evening, the Senate and Assembly Democratic caucuses each met to discuss the issue.
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