New York governor to propose eliminating cash bail for misdemeanors, nonviolent felonies: report

New York governor to propose eliminating cash bail for misdemeanors, nonviolent felonies: report
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is reportedly planning to propose ending cash bail for a series of minor crimes.

Cuomo is expected on Wednesday to talk about a series of proposals relating to criminal justice reform during his State of the State address, according to The New York Times.

He plans to propose ending cash bail for those facing misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, the newspaper reported.

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It added that he also plans to propose ways to increase the speed of evidence disclosure in trials and to help former convicts find jobs when they get out of prison.

Aides told the newspaper that Cuomo is talking about the package of bills as "the most progressive set of reforms in the nation."

“For far too long, our antiquated criminal justice system has created a two-tier system where outcomes depend purely on economic status — undermining the bedrock principle that one is innocent until proven guilty,” Cuomo said in statement outlining the proposals, according to The New York Times.

Advocates have raised concerns with cash bail in the past, saying it is unfair to low-income defendants.

Those in police unions, the bail bond industry and Republican lawmakers will likely raise objections to the governor's proposals, however.

According to the report, it is unclear what will happen with the proposals during the legislative session.