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Delgado sees merit in tweaking bail reform

Jan 29, 2020 3:45 pm
Ariél Zangla is reporting for the Daily Freeman U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado January 28, called New York's former bail system "essentially a penalty on the poor," but went on to say that he supports the efforts to potentially revisit a portion of the law. Delgado specifically cited the question of whether judges should be allowed to consider if a person is a threat to public safety in deciding whether to jail them while they await trial. The first-term Democrat made the comments during a phone call with reporters. He made that point that creating a truly equitable system is of utmost importance. "It's important to note, too, that before the recent reform, it didn't matter if you were actually a threat to the public. That was an issue that was already present. If you could pay for your freedom, you were able to be free irrespective of you being a threat to public safety, which I think is of utmost importance to keep in mind. It was essentially a penalty on the poor," Delgado said. The state's bail reform law went into effect January 1, and it eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. The reforms have come under scrutiny as courts have released people who otherwise would have remained in jail under the old rules. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.