Senate Democrats: NY should eliminate cash bail

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state would eliminate the long-standing practice of requiring criminal defendants to post cash bail under a new proposal from Democratic lawmakers.

Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens said Tuesday that his proposal would reduce prison populations while also addressing the unfairness of allowing suspects with financial resources to go free while others must wait in prison for their trial.

Suspects accused of violent crimes and who are considered a danger to others would still be detained. Other suspects could be placed under community supervision while they await trial.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing his own proposal to end cash bail in misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases.

Cuomo is proposing instead to release those defendants on their own recognizance or require them to check in with officials.

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