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City Council Dedicates $7 Million to Expand Supervised Release Program in Response to State Bail Reforms
New York, NY – In anticipation of new State bail reform measures, New York City will launch an expansion of its successful Supervised Release program as a proven alternative judges will be able to assign in lieu of bail. As part of the commitment made to justice reform during the passage of the borough-based jail plan, the City Council will dedicate $7 million more in additional funding for the program.
Given the law’s new restrictions on who and when courts will be allowed to impose cash bail or remand defendants to jail, Supervised Release provides a much-needed alternative, with a proven track record of getting the vast majority of participants back to court. Community-based and supportive in design, the expansion of this successful pretrial system aims to continue to make New York City the safest big city in the nation.
“Supervised release has been an incredibly successful tool, which is why I am thrilled to see this expansion. Giving opportunities to pretrial defendants is a critical part of our overall efforts to reform a system in a way that prioritizes rehabilitation, which is our ultimate goal,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.