Governor Cuomo Calls for the End of Money-Based Bail Bonds in New York

Why do we have a bail system that says it's how much money you have that determines whether or not you can get out? If you can't pay the bail, you sit in jail. If you can make the bail, you get out. That's not justice. That's two forms of justice, one for the rich, and one for the poor. Most of the crimes are misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. We want to change the law this year, get rid of the money, and the judge decides either you're a significant risk to public safety, in which case you stay in, or you're released on your own recognizance. Whether you're rich or poor, you're black or white, same standard.

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