For Immediate Release: February 20, 2020
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ICYMI: News 10 Segment Spotlights How Bail Reform is Making New York’s Criminal Justice System Fairer
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(New York, NY) – A recent News 10 segment highlights the positive impact of bail reform after a Greenport man facing charges of grand larceny was given a chance to return home to his family, keep his job, live law-abidingly, and maintain his sobriety and recovery from substance abuse while he awaits his day in court. Bail reform will make New York fairer and safer, and thousands of New Yorkers continue to comply with the rules of the new bail law pending their trial. Unfortunately, since the pretrial reforms took effect on January 1, 2020, some members of law enforcement and the legislature have actively been mischaracterizing isolated incidents of alleged crimes to link them to the new pretrial reform laws.
From the article:
The distinction he makes is that none of his charges are for violent offenses. Johnson says he’s in treatment, is sober, and has a full-time job. There are at least 10 charges hanging over his head, but he’s optimistic about his future.
“I’m changing the way I live, I’m trying to live different and I’m thankful for bail reform,” he said.
You can read and watch the News 10 segment here.