Now that the Leftist "Independent Budget Office" has spoken on behalf of the Socialists/Dems, there will be a move afoot to: 1) eliminate bail; 2) eliminate jail time; and, most of all, 3) eliminate collars.
Remember: "Incrementalism": a little bit at a time, and they will, ultimately, get what they want.....
NYC Spends $116 Million a Year to Jail People Unable to Make Bail
New York City spends about $116 million annually to jail people who are unable to pay bail while awaiting trial, according to an analysis released Thursday.
The analysis by the Independent Budget Office, a publicly funded agency, found that 72% of people awaiting trial at Rikers Island and other city jails had been unable to post bail when they were arraigned. The median bail was $5,000, meaning that for half of pretrial detainees unable to post bail, bail was that amount or less, the analysis found.
In 2016, there were 63,758 admissions to jails and nearly 50,000 of those were people awaiting trial.
The Budget Office did a similar analysis in 2011, in which it estimated it cost $125 million to jail pretrial detainees who couldn’t post bail. The median bail at that time was $10,000.
Judges set bail as a deposit to make sure someone returns to court. If someone accused of a crime is given bail but unable to pay it, that person is typically jailed while awaiting trial or until the case is resolved.
Proponents of bail say it is effective in ensuring people show up to court. According to the American Bail Coalition, a trade association, bail also saves money for courts and local governments because it mitigates costs when defendants don’t appear.
In the past two decades, the number of people held in jail for low-level offenses in New York City has substantially decreased, said Insha Rahman, a senior planner at the Vera Institute of Justice, a criminal-justice organization. Bail amounts in the city are low compared with the rest of the country, she said, but many people accused of a crime still can’t make it.
Changing the state bail statute to include a presumption of release—meaning that jail would only be used for people for whom there is no other safe alternative—would help change how judges make decisions, she said. The city could also use more alternatives to jail for serious offenses, she added.
City Council Member Rory Lancman, who chairs the council’s Committee on Courts and Legal Services, said the analysis demonstrated the “enormous expense to taxpayers” of jailing people who can’t afford bail.
A City Hall spokeswoman said that since Mr. de Blasio took office, the number of people detained on bail of $2,000 or less had dropped by 36% (this begs another question: have Bench Warrants increased by the same, or more, amount?) “We believe no one should be detained simply because they can’t afford bail, and we’ve invested in an array of strategies—including new diversion programs and efforts to make it easier to pay bail—to reduce the number of low-risk people who enter our jails,” the spokeswoman said.
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