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Local state lawmakers weigh in on New York's bail reform

The reform set to take effect in 2020 will eliminate cash bail and pretrial detention for most offenses.

NEW YORK — On Twitter President Donald Trump directly called out Governor Andrew Cuomo in response to New York State's new bail reform. The change, set to take effect in 2020, will eliminate cash bail and pretrial detention for most offenses.

"There have already been some studies that have shown that in some municipalities over 90 percent of people who are incarcerated pre-trial now will not be incarcerated," Attorney Barry Covert said.

Covert said in some ways New York is catching up to what other states are already doing.

He added, "By in large, I think that this is a very good bail reform. It's gonna save us a lot of money and cause us not to have to incarcerate people who are not violent. Let's save the jails for violent people."

However, the decision is receiving backlash.

New York Senator Pat Gallivan stood alongside members of law enforcement Thursday in an effort to amend the law.

"That individual who is strung out on drugs or is an addict that is arrested for breaking into somebody's house, they'll return to go back out there and break into another house," he said. "The repeat drunk driver is free to go back out and drive drunk again."

Gallivan says the reform shows no consideration for what a repeat offender might do and puts victims, especially of domestic violence, at risk. 

State Senator Tim Kennedy disagrees.

"Everyone is treated equally under the law and we put in place measures to protect the public and we put in place measures to ensure that the bail system works equally for everyone," Kennedy said. 

Kennedy added, "No one should have to sit in jail because of what's in their bank account."

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