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Groups worry new law will land more New Yorkers behind bars

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new New York state law allows judges to set bail for more criminal charges than originally allowed under a sweeping 2019 reform.

Last year, the Democratic-led Legislature passed a landmark state law that largely did away with cash bail for many people awaiting trial.

But in April, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to amend the law to allow judges to set bail for more crimes, including misdemeanor bail jumping.

At a virtual news conference Thursday, several criminal justice reform groups raised concern at the new amendment, saying it will land more people behind bars amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The amended law goes into effect this month.

Associated Press

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