Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bail to be eliminated for many low level offenders

From the Huffington Post:

Thousands of New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes won't face the prospect of raising cash for bail under a plan that seeks to keep such suspects out of the troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

The $18 million city plan, detailed to The Associated Press ahead of the announcement on Wednesday, allows judges beginning next year to replace bail for low-risk defendants with supervision options including daily check-ins, text-message reminders and connecting them with drug or behavioral therapy.

Currently, about 41 percent of criminal defendants who pass through New York City courts annually are released on their own recognizance and another 14 percent, or 45,500 people, are held on bail.

About 87 percent of the 1,100 people on supervised release in already-existing city pilot programs return to court when they're supposed to, officials said.

Initial funding, provided by the Manhattan district attorney, allows for as many as 3,000 defendants charged with misdemeanors or non-violent felonies to bypass bail, letting them live with their families and keep their jobs while their cases wind through the courts. Officials say they would like to expand non-bail options to include thousands more.


Anonymous said... don't show up for court,you don't forfeit your $$$. That's a great incentive to make court. I'm figuring a 70% non compliance rate and lots of ot for the warrant squad.another nail in the coffin for a once great city.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they just not set bail ?

Anonymous said...

The city can not usurp the nys criminal procedure law..... But they're tryin.

Anonymous said...

The bail money comes from taxs on the working class,those who don't show up For court forfeit Your bail money,this was a Great idea on the part of legislator's to get cash from those who could Never Raise BAIL.

Anonymous said...

to check on how many released are illegal alien Mexicans and ted kennedy 1965 immigration bill proponents.,see

read, ADIOS AMERICA,Ann Coulter

Anonymous said...

the Obama DEM. govt. new word for "DEPORTATION " is "REMOVAL" as per the Senate committee investigating unaccompamied illegal children crossing the U.S.southern border fron C.America .nearly 57,000 -109,000 and more coming to your local public school in nyc.


Anonymous said...

Again, politicians and judges who have armed security guards protecting them and do not have to ride the subways come up with asinine ideas like this and we the tax payers have to suck it up and take it. We are in trouble folks.

Anonymous said...

If you smack the knuckles of low level offenders they will not grow up to become high level criminals.
The broken windows policy has worked well!

Anonymous said...

We are seriously turning into the movie Escape from New York.