New York, NY Assemblymember Dan Quart released the following statement today in response to Governor Cuomo's proposed criminal justice reform bills:
I applaud Governor Cuomo for his effort to draw more attention to the major reforms needed to make our criminal justice system more equitable. Ending cash bail, open discovery and ensuring the right to a speedy trial are long over-due reforms and New Yorkers deserve better.
More than 45,000 people in New York City are detained on bail each year, most of them posing no real risk to the community. They are simply being held because they are poor. A persons freedom should not depend on their income level. My bill to end cash bail would ensure this never happens again, and Im pleased to see many of my proposals are part of the Governors plan.
I look forward to working with the Governor and other stakeholders to finally make progress in reforms to our criminal justice system."