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State to Clarify Bail Laws, Address Fentanyl in Communities, and Aid Prosecutors


One of the most controversial laws enacted this decade most would consider to be Bail Reform. Advocates on both sides argue for and against it continuously since it was made into law a little over two years ago.

On Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the Bail Reform issues that have been brought to her attention during her State of the State Address.

New York State will look towards providing funding of up to $40 million dollars for prosecution in the state to hire additional prosecutors in the 62 State District Attorney’s Offices. The state will also sustain $40 million dollars in the 57 counties outside NYC with an implementation of discovery law and changes to the State Bail Reform laws.

Governor Hochul will also provide additional funding to fight the increasing amount of Fentanyl found in the state. More crime analysts, who focus on fentanyl distribution and related deaths will be deployed to HIDTA. The state will also create an Anti-Fentanyl Innovation Grant for prosecutors, this will allow them to target supply chains and prosecute cases with overdose deaths.

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