Bail Reform. The Budget expands the number of offenses for which bail may be considered. The Budget also directs the court to consider the following list of factors when setting bail:More on the New York State budget can be found here.• the defendant’s activities and history;Discovery Reform. District Attorneys are no longer required to provide automatic discovery for cases involving:
• the charges against the defendant;
• past criminal convictions;
• any previous violation of an order of protection;
• a defendant’s potential flight risk;
• a defendant’s ability to post bail without undue hardship;
• a defendant’s history of use or possession of a firearm; and
• whether the charge is alleged to have caused “serious harm” to an individual or group of individuals.• a simplified information charging traffic infraction; orIn addition, prosecutors will be allowed to file a supplemental certificate of compliance for delayed disclosure of discovery materials.
• an information charging one or more petty offenses defined by a village, town, city, or county municipal code that do not carry a statutorily authorized sentence of imprisonment (defendants may still file a motion for disclosure of evidence in such cases).
Violent Crime Initiatives. In addition to establishing an Office for Gun Violence Protection, the Budget includes a variety of program funding purporting to address what the legislature considers “gun violence,” including among others:• $18.2 million for the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative;.
• $13.1 million to expand the use of Community Stabilization Units that partner State Troopers with local law enforcement agencies;
• $21 million for community-based gun violence response programs (SNUG);
• $25 million for the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes (SCAHC) program;
• $10 million in new funding for pretrial services to help divert people from unnecessary detention while also keeping communities safe; and
• $20 million in new funding for crime reduction programming in those communities most impacted by gun violence
Monday, May 9, 2022
Crime, courts addressed in New York State Budget
Various aspects of the recently passed New York State Budget address issues related to crime and the courts. They include: