January 9, 2018 |
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday his office will no longer seek bail for most misdemeanor and violation cases.
Critics have long argued that the current bail system discriminates against poor defendants who are unable to pay.
“A systemic reliance on bail for low-level offenses is out of step with a reformed, 21st-century justice system,” Vance said in a statement. “It is fundamentally unfair and does not make us safer, given the range of effective alternatives to pre-trial detention now at our disposal.”
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez enacted a similar policy in April 2017. Vance consulted with his counterpart in Brooklyn when creating the new policy, he said.