The Post-Journal: Bail Reform Debate Deepens Among State Democrats

A group of New York criminal defense organizations, including The Bronx Defenders, criticized the proposal and said it assumes that judges and prosecutors can predict a person’s behavior.

“This will result in injustice for everyone in New York and will certainly end up exacerbating racially disparate outcomes,” they said in a statement.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, said the law has been in place for six weeks and data should be used to determine how the law is playing out.

“I think that we should be cautious and wait for data before we react to anything,” he said.

Ideological splits between Democrats over the bail law were on display Wednesday. More moderate members of the party want to roll back portions of the law. Meanwhile, liberal-leaning legislators have resisted.

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