NY Dems Mull Changes To Insane Bail Law


A state senator said Wednesday that some Democrats are considering a plan that would make changes to New York’s law that largely eliminated cash bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies by giving more discretion to judges.

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat of Long Island, said that the changes that the changes would totally eliminate cash bail but provide judges more power over which people can be held in jail.

“It removes wealth from the system,” he said.

For certain crimes, he said, a judge could consider whether the person arrested will cause serous physical injury and their likelihood to returning to court.

Newsday reports the plan appears to have the support of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“We believe that this gets to the heart of the issues and that it is still progressive,” she told the newspaper.

The state’s bail law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, eliminates cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes but did not abolish the practice.

Kaminsky said he was part of a working group on the issue, which took input from officials that included prosecutors and law enforcement officials.

The bail law has spurred a fierce political debate in New York, often pitting criminal justice advocates against prosecutors and law enforcement officials.

Democrats have come under intense criticism over the law, which has largely dominated conversations about criminal justice at the Capitol.

The disagreement of the bail law has highlighted ideological splits between Democrats. More moderate members of the party want to rollback portions of the law. Meanwhile, liberal-leaning legislators have resisted.



  1. What a bunch of imbeciles. The purpose of bail is to enable the justice system to do its duties, and for law enforcement to be effective. The current law never passed the smell test, and was a colossal mistake from the beginning. If our legislators want to put something in place, create a law that bases its conditions on the needs of the courts and law enforcement, not the politicians who are looking to buy votes. The first action to take is to suspend the law indefinitely, and to then sit and work on a replacement. Meanwhile, we continue to have violent crimes being rewarded by the mayor and his ilk.

  2. It’s much worse then just that criminals aren’t being kept in jail. The police aren’t even arresting some of these thugs in the first place. There was an incident in Boro Park where a drunk driver wasn’t arrested. The cops said he’ll be released anyway, why bother.