Local officials comment on Cuomo’s Criminal Justice proposals

In Gov Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State address, he proposed to make wide changes to the criminal justice systems in the state that will impact police procedures, the courts, and probation departments.

But local officials raise concerns about the proposals.

Cuomo describes the proposed changes as “Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System,” saying the “nation-leading, five-pronged reform package will ensure equal access to justice for all accused.”

The proposed overhaul of what is described as the “antiquated laws governing bail, discovery, speedy trial, and asset forfeiture” is joined with a reform package he promises will “improve the re-entry process to help individuals transition from incarceration to their communities.”

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