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New version of charitable bond bill headed to Cuomo’s desk could free thousands of poor Bronx defendants Charitable groups can post bail for petty criminals

by Daniel Beekman- New York Daily News 

Legislation passed by state lawmakers last week with approval from Gov. Cuomo could free thousands of jailed Bronxites.

Sponsored by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), the new law will allow charitable organizations statewide to post bail - up to $2,000 - for poor defendants held on misdemeanor charges.


Senator Rivera and Assemblyman Aubry Pass Charitable Bail Bond Legislation Governor Cuomo signs bill into Law


Bronx, NY- Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) bill S7752/ A10640-B, the Charitable Bail Bonds Bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo yesterday. The bill will allow charitable organizations to post bail for individuals who cannot afford to do so themselves. This legislation was carried in the Assembly by Assembly Member Jeff Aubry (D-Queens).



Bail bond charity

By Kirsten Sanchez- Bronx Times

Everyone has a right to justice, not only those who are fortunate enough to be able to afford it.  Senator Gustavo Rivera is working to help those who can not help themselves. The Senator’s Charitable Bail Bonds Bill was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, July 17. The bill will allow charitable organizations to post bail for individuals who can not afford to do so themselves.


Senator Rivera Speaks on the Transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility in the Bronx

Bronx, NY –  State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) is pleased that the Public Protection and General Government budget bill, which was passed by the Senate Sunday afternoon, included the transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility and extended various criminal justice and public safety programs.


Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Governor Cuomo's Proposal to Fund College Degree Programs for Prisoners

"In my time as an elected official, I have strongly advocated that our state's incarcerated population - as part of their rehabilitation -  has the resources and tools necessary to successfully re-enter into society," said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. "Investing in education, particularly for those New Yorkers in the penal system, lays the groundwork for a better future, increased work opportunities, lowers recidivism and will not only decrease crime in our communities, but will cost the taxpayers less money.


Closer to Home

By Gustavo Rivera & Elizabeth Gaynes

The evidence that children love and need their parents is all around us. That evidence is a lot less visible when it comes to the 80,000 children with a parent in one of New York's 57 prisons. Maybe that's because most of our prisons are located far from the urban centers where most of our prisoners' families live.


Bronx Freedom Fund seeks to show other groups how to post bail for needy defendants

NY Daily News - By Pete Barrett 

The difference between being saddled with a criminal record and keeping one’s profile clean often comes down to a person’s ability to come up with bail money, a new report from The Bronx Freedom Fund shows.

The fund, launched in 2007 and reopened in October 2013, four years after a judge ordered it to cease operation, is the first program licensed by the state to post bail on a defendant’s behalf.

The group says it has posted an average bail of $781 for 102 defendents since it reopened, resulting in the dismissal of 28 of the 44 cases that have been completed.

Often, a defendant who is unable to post bail will accept a deal to plead guilty to a lower charge, said Alyssa Work, the project manager of the Bronx Freedom Fund.