The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced Thursday (July 18) the formation of a County Criminal Justice Reform Task Force, charged with examining the local impacts of recent changes to the state’s criminal justice reform laws.
The 2019-20 State Budget includes changes to current criminal justice law, such as bail limitations, amendments to the discover and speedy trial process, change civil asset forfeiture, and improve the community reentry process.
NYSAC’s newest task force will be led by Warren County Probation Director Bob Iusi and look at how these new changes may affect local governments, along with those already in effect like Raise the Age, specialty courts and housing regulations.
“Counties support the important reforms outlined in the 2019-20 NYS Budget,” said Stephen Acquario, NYSAC Executive Director. “There are many questions that have surfaced and will need to be answered before counties can execute the new laws. Having experts who are working in the field recommend policy considerations to the state will help both those in need of services and local taxpayers.”