Dangerous Bail Law?

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT

Currently, New York is one of only four states that does not allow a judge to consider public safety as a determination to set bail.

By law, a judge must base his/her decision solely on whether the suspect is a flight risk and nothing else.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman calls this "unacceptable" and says "it's putting dangerous criminals back on the streets."

The majority of states in the country require a judge to set bail or bond based on the crimes charges, which is not the case in New York.

Lippman is now calling on state lawmakers to change this law, but so far no legislation has been introduced.