With the passage of Raise of the Age reform last year and the ongoing discussions about the pending closure of Rikers Island, New York State has an opportunity to create institutional change in the criminal justice system. The issue of bail, discovery and speedy trial reforms are included in Governor Cuomo’s 2018-2019 budget. The following is an analysis of all three issues and compares the differences between the Executive’s proposal, the legislation supported by the Senate Democratic Conference and reforms included in the Assembly One-House Budget proposal.
As negotiations continue, I encourage you to contact your local elected officials and share your thoughts on these important issues.
Senator Velmanette Montgomery
25th Senate District
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