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NY bail law rollout prompts concern from probation officials

Posted at 4:32 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 16:32:13-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two probation directors from upstate New York counties are raising concerns about how sweeping changes to New York's bail law will be implemented.

Delaware County Probation Director Scott Glueckert told lawmakers on Thursday that he doesn’t have the staff, infrastructure or office space to implement the bail changes. They go into effect at the beginning of 2020.

Robert Iusi, the probation director in Warren County, says the changes need to be adequately funded.

The bail law was passed by lawmakers earlier this year. It eliminates pre-trial detention and money bail for the wide majority of misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases. The changes are expected to curtail the number of people held in jail while awaiting trial.

The law also allows the court to release a person under certain conditions.