WAS RAISE THE AGE ENOUGH FOR NY? SENATE DEMS SAY NO
Last year, the state legislature worked through budget season to pass the Raise the Age law. But lawmakers aren’t stopping there — they’re pushing for reforms to other aspects of the criminal justice system. Nick Reisman reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo this year is pushing a range of criminal justice reforms, but Senate Democrats want to go further. They’re backing a legislative plan that would end cash bail entirely, make it easier to get a speedy trial and require automatic discovery before plea deals are made.
“If you’re dealing with people who don’t want to make any changes then it’s really important for us to be clear and draw that line in the sand, and say ‘if we’re really going to do these things, these are the changes that are going to help us get to that end,’” said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
The governor’s proposals are more modest, like when it comes to ending bail for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors, but still face uncertainty with Republicans in the Senate.
Meanwhile Wednesday morning, Cuomo’s office released a report on the conditions of local jails, saying they must improve.