Push Is On for State Prison Reform

Spectrum News

February 15, 2018

Originally published in Spectrum News on February 15, 2018.

Democrats this week unveiled an expanded criminal justice package that would end cash bail entirely and require automatic discovery of evidence before plea deals are made.

"This a rare case where not doing it the right way may actually do more damage than what may normally be a half measure," said Sen. Mike Gianaris (D - Queens). "You're actually taking it in the wrong direction."

The proposals are embraced by reform advocates who have long sought to reduce the number of people incarcerated in state prisons and local jails.

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