Washington, D.C.- Only two weeks since taking full effect, the backlash and outcries against New York’s criminal bail reforms has gotten the attention of federal lawmakers, including our North Country Representative Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21).
Her office reports that she is a cosponsor of a bipartisan measure that would direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a comprehensive assessment of how individuals on pre-trial release are monitored at the federal, state, and local levels.
“This legislation will require an assessment of failed bail reform laws exactly like the one that Governor Cuomo has implemented in New York, which has had significant impacts in the North Country and put many communities at risk,” she said. “I stand united with local law enforcement and various members of our communities against these harmful bail reform policies and look forward to working with my colleagues to moving this legislation forward.”
The proposal is known as Bill’s Promise Act.
Under New York State’s new bail reform policy, which has only been in full effect for merely two weeks and has already caused a statewide uproar, cash bail is not required for most defendants accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies including those arrested for drug possession, or even many property crimes like theft and burglary.
Instead, the law encourages alternatives such as supervision by a pretrial services agency.
This bill addresses issues surrounding pretrial release programs in New York State and ensures communities are not put at risk. This legislation was carefully developed with input from both the law enforcement and anti-violence advocacy communities.