ALBANY (WENY) – Major changes could be coming to New York’s legal system in the new year.
According to WBNG, Governor Hochul announced that she’s willing to work with the state legislature on potential changes to the state’s bail reform laws.
The laws, implemented just before the pandemic in January of 2020, eliminated cash bail for most non-violent offenders in an initiative to wipe out injustices in the criminal justice system.
However, many blame them for a rise in crime.
New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams has also vowed to push state legislature to rework the laws to allow judges more power to decide which offenders get jail time ahead of trial.
While Hochul didn’t say she’s in favor of changing the controversial laws, she did say she’s open to talks with lawmakers.