New York State bail reform prompts prisoner releases

| 04 Dec 2019 | 01:38

    Under the Governor’s new bail laws, individuals accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies will be released on their own recognizance at arraignment. The changes are prompting Sheriff's Offices across the state to prepare to release hundreds of inmates being held on bail. Since the first of December, 27 prisoners have already been released from the Orange County Correctional Facility following their appearances before the courts managing their cases. The facility currently has more than 200 unsentenced prisoners and anticipates releasing approximately 150 additional prisoners through the end of December. “As the judges comply with the bail changes," Sheriff Carl E. DuBois said in the press release detailing the impact of the new bail laws, "we anticipate the release of prisoners spread over the next four weeks before January 1st.” Many of those released will be picked up by friends or loved ones, while others may be provided transportation at no expense.