ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo desires to get rid of financial bail for non-violent criminals.
And whereas financial and non-monetary bail would nonetheless be permitted for these charged with violent felonies, a choose, beneath the proposal, would first be required to conduct a overview of the defendants’ private and monetary circumstances.
Cuomo will embrace the proposal within the State of the State deal with he’s set to ship Wednesday afternoon.
“For too lengthy, our antiquated prison justice system has created a two-tiered system the place outcomes rely purely on financial standing — undermining the bedrock precept that one is harmless till confirmed responsible,” Cuomo mentioned in a press release launched earlier than his speech.
“This sweeping overhaul will remodel our prison justice system by eradicating important limitations, reaffirming our beliefs in equity, alternative and dignity, and proceed our historic progress towards a extra equal society for all.”
Along with eliminating bail for individuals going through misdemeanor and non-violent felony fees, Cuomo would require prosecutors and protection attorneys to reveal in a extra well timed method data together with proof, displays, and the prison historical past of potential witnesses.
The governor additionally desires to ban asset seizures generally and enhance the transition of inmates returning to communities.
In an try to cut back delays and adjournments in courtroom instances, these held in custody, not simply their attorneys, would want to consent to waiving their proper to a speedy trial.
The proposals possible face a major hurdle within the Republican-controlled state Senate.
However jail reform and inmate advocates hailed the governor’s proposals.
“Reforming these core points is required to finish mass incarceration, keep away from wrongful convictions and, for New York Metropolis, expedite the closing of Rikers Island,” mentioned Tina Luongo, of the Authorized Help Society.