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Cuomo signs law to help low-income defendants

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation that will allow the creation of charitable organizations in New York state which could post up to $2,000 in bail for low-income defendants charged with misdemeanor crimes.

 

“It is unacceptable for defendants to have to spend time in jail for low-level crimes they may have not committed simply because they are unable to meet the bail requirement,” Cuomo said.

 

Before this legislation, organizations that desired to post bail on behalf of a defendant would have to meet the requirements of state law that are designed to regulate for-profit corporations engaged full-time in the bail bond business. The law will allow a new type of entity, charitable bail organizations, to function with fewer requirements but still under the oversight and regulation of the Department of Financial Services.