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Governor Hochul Announces FY 2023 Budget Investments to Create a Safer and More Just New York State – ny.gov

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the public safety highlights of the FY 2023 Budget. The Budget includes meaningful and significant changes to our public safety laws that tackle the pervasive unease many are feeling in our str…….

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the public safety highlights of the FY 2023 Budget. The Budget includes meaningful and significant changes to our public safety laws that tackle the pervasive unease many are feeling in our streets and make our state safer and our criminal justice system fairer. These changes include allowing judges to set bail for gun charges that were previously subject only to release, adding factors that judges must consider when setting bail for any bail-eligible offense, closing problematic loopholes on Raise the Age and Discovery, making Kendra’s Law more effective, and $90 million in new funding to support discovery reform implementation and pretrial services.  

“When it comes to the safety of New Yorkers, we cannot go backward – we must move forward toward a safer and more just state, and I applaud Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie for this collaborative process that led to meaningful and significant changes to our public safety laws,” Governor Hochul said. “By putting an end to the trafficking of illegal guns, protecting victims of hate crimes and domestic violence, stopping the cycle of repeat offenders, and investing in our mental health infrastructure, we are proving that justice and public safety are not mutually exclusive.”  

The Budget will also include $227 million to fund bold initiatives that will strengthen the gun violence prevention efforts of law enforcement and community-based organizations. Through these comprehensive actions, we will work to restore New Yorkers’ sense of safety and community by tripling the state’s gun violence intelligence resources, providing $13.1 million to expand the use of Community Stabilization Units, tripling investment in New York’s SNUG outreach program, providing $18 million in direct support to local law enforcement for gun violence prevention, allocating $20 million to respond to regional needs in the aftermath of gun violence, and $3 million – an increase of $2.5 million – for the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. 

Clarify and Expand the Factors That Judges Must Consider When Setting Bail  

The FY2023 Enacted Budget expands the list of factors that judges must consider when setting bail, adding: (1) history of gun use or possession (which currently applies only in domestic violence cases); (2) any previous violation of an order of protection (which currently applies only in domestic violence cases); and (3) whether the charge is alleged to have caused serious harm to an individual or individuals. In …….

Source: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-fy-2023-budget-investments-create-safer-and-more-just-new-york-state

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