While the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for voters during the 2020 election cycle, voting access for the 700,000 people held in local jails around the country has long been critically compromised. This report highlights jurisdictions around the country that actively support ballot access for people detained in jails.
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Bail will be an option for more crimes, but the heart of the law remains intact.
New York’s new bail reform law had been in effect for a mere three months when the state legislature amended it in early April. The most significant change is that there are more situations where judges can impose cash bail. They will also have more discretion in setting bail and other conditions of pretrial release. The updates go into effect on July 1. See more HERE
After every mass shooting, there is a demand for gun control and then…nothing seems to happen (or, gun laws are loosened). That pattern dates back four decades, to the early 1970s, when rising crime rates inspired legislators to introduce gun bills at the state and federal level……. see the article HERE
I hope there is some serious research following these changes. Most of these reforms are counterintuitive any will be worse to victims of crime.
Arnold Ventures is committing $5.5 million to help four expert organizations — CUNY’s Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG), the Vera Institute of Justice, the Data Collaborative for Justice (DCJ), and the New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) — document how statewide changes to the criminal justice system are implemented amid a challenging landscape.
— Read on www.arnoldventures.org/stories/as-new-york-enacts-sweeping-bail-reform-arnold-ventures-is-supporting-a-5-5-million-research-and-implementation-initiative