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Mayor De Blasio Announces Plan to Release Low-Risk New York City Offenders Who Can’t Afford Bail

April 12, 2016  | 

Saying no one should be stuck in jail just because they can’t afford bail, Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced a new supervised release program that will keep people free as they await trial.

The $17.8 million program allows judges in all five boroughs to assign defendants deemed a low flight risk to a supervisory program, instead of slapping them with a monetary amount for bail.

"Starting today, we are taking steps to ensure that people who can be safely supervised in the community are able to stay there, regardless of the size of their bank account,” de Blasio said.

The target population is individuals who authorities don’t think are a flight risk or pose danger to society, but who don’t have money for bail, the mayor’s office said.

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Leonard @ 4/12/2016 12:28 PM

This is a positive step. Jails should be reserved for those that are truly flight risks and a danger to the community while awaiting trial. Our jails are littered with people incarcerated for not being able to pay fines, in jail for short periods for low level misdemeanors or other nonsense. This unnecessarily contributes to the mass incarceration issue in the this country, not to mention the wasted tax dollars being spent to house these non-violent offenders. Bail needs to return to what it's original purpose was.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/12/2016 1:19 PM

Are the judges qualified to assess each offender accurately??? I doubt it. They'll be releasing too many high risk offenders along with the low risk offenders. This will cause a lot of problems for the NYPD.

Retired NY Boss @ 4/12/2016 6:47 PM

Been tried before. Didn't work then, probably won't work now

kevCopAz @ 4/12/2016 6:55 PM

Good job Mayor, lets just be honest and eliminate all those "low level misdeminors" that cause all these poor soles, most of which are minority, to be harshly treated by society. Lets forget about the havoc that these "low level" crimes cause with quality of life and day to day safety of the honest non criminal citizenry. This Mayor is a liberal idiot. NYC is in so much of a decline in quality of life already when compared to the past and this idiot adds to it. So glad that all those libs in NYC are getting what the want. Im sorry for the working, blue color conservatives that will suffer there now even more then before. But ALL New Yorkers must remember the great words of our Imperial Ruler (Obama the first) "elections have their consequences". He was right about that and now you who voted that Liberal Mayor will suffer more of the consequences of your actions (voting for that idiot). Better you then me. You still have time to move to a Red state and see how much better life is.

Mickey @ 4/13/2016 2:56 AM

Wait... Why does this cost so much as a penny? Those judges have the authority to lower bonds or release the inmates on their own recognizance.

Sounds like a 17 million dollar slush fund to me. Where are those hacks at the FBI when you need them....

OK then @ 4/13/2016 5:58 AM

Judges never make mistakes,

I believe the defense was "I wasn't aware of his violent past at the time of sentencing".

Robert @ 4/14/2016 11:46 AM

Well, the current system doesn't I am okay with just about any well thought out change.

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