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Shrestha criticizes Hochul for bail reform changes

May 02, 2023 12:39 am

Mid-Hudson News reports that Ulster County Assemblyperson Sarahana Shrestha is criticizing her fellow Democrat, Governor Kathy Hochul, for her bail rollback in the state budget. Shrestha said there is no need to modify the law, saying, “Many cases, particularly low-level, get dismissed because of an epidemic of wrongful arrests, and poor people, people of color, and those with mental health issues have a higher likelihood of being caught up in a wrongful arrest.... People waiting for their trial, who have not yet been proven guilty and don’t have money to pay bail, are dying in jails due to negligence, and when they do survive, they come out with traumas that are impossible to heal.” Shrestha also said the current law “already gives judges discretion for bail-eligible cases, which include violent felonies and some non-violent ones," and that judges “exercise this discretion by determining whether bail is the ‘least restrictive means’ to ensure the person returns to court.” Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.

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