Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced she is the cosponsor of the bipartisan Bill’s Promise Act, legislation that would direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of how individuals on pre-trial release are monitored at the federal, state, and local levels. Under New York State’s new bail reform policy, cash bail is not required for most defendants accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies including those arrested for drug possession, or even many property crimes like theft and burglary. Instead, the law encourages alternatives such as supervision by a pretrial services agency. This bill addresses issues surrounding pretrial release programs in New York State and ensures communities are not put at risk. This legislation was carefully developed with input from both the law enforcement and anti-violence advocacy communities.
“I am proud to cosponsor this bill to address dangerous bail reform policies that continue to put our communities at risk,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This legislation will require an assessment of failed bail reform laws exactly like the one that Governor Cuomo has implemented in New York, which has had significant impacts in the North Country and put many communities at risk. I stand united with local law enforcement and various members of our communities against these harmful bail reform policies and look forward to working with my colleagues to moving this legislation forward.”