Criminal Justice reform opposition

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ALBANY, NY – Tuesday we showed you what supporters of New York State’s new criminal justice reforms had to say about the upcoming changes.

Tonight, NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca explores why some have some very serious concerns.

<((Will Barclay, NYS Assemblymember))
“We do this all the time in Albany, where maybe some reform was necessary and then we go way, way too far.

That’s what Assemblymember Will Barclay has to say about the upcoming changes to discovery and bail.

Senate Republicans have also criticized bail reform saying under the new laws about 400 crimes will require mandatory release.

Another concern is judicial discretion.

((Will Barclay, NYS Assemblymember))

Now judges have a lot of discretion in setting bail so if they feel like someone is a danger… the judge has some discretion setting bail and if they can’t meet bail, they’re going to be incarcerated.

Now the judges have no discretion and they’re going to have to let them out with the hopes that they’re going to come back for their trial.

And when it comes to discovery reform, several district attorneys have said they will need more funding and resources to implement it.

Barclay says the the new law also doesn’t go far enough to protect witnesses.

((Will Barclay, NYS Assemblymember))
There’s a fear that by releasing it so quickly to the defense attorneys that it’s going to give any criminal the ability to intimidate witnesses.

Barclay says the changes should be delayed by a year.

((Will Barclay, NYS Assemblymember))
I don’t think anyone in Albany is saying we shouldn’t have maybe some reform to the system, but just like a lot of things we do down here we go to extremes and this way we’re ultimately going to be letting some people out on the street.

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