On January 1, new bail reform laws went into place. This means that money bail was eliminated for most defendants, some minor offenses now result in a notice to appear in court, rather than arrest, and prosecutors can no longer withhold their evidence against a defendant until trial. But, after less than six weeks, the New York Senate is proposing a rollback to this bail reform.
Advocacy groups are trying to put pressure on elected officials to give bail reform a chance. On February 25, they lobbied in Albany. WOOC correspondent Elizabeth Press met up with some of the advocates. This next piece starts with Harvey Murphy, an organizer with Just Leadership.