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MetroCard Scammer’s Been Arrested 160 Times. Can He Turn His Life Around?

Charles Barry became the poster child for the fight to repeal bail reform. But some criminal justice advocates say his case illustrates the system’s failure to address problems that could have kept him out of jail.

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A Broken Bond: How New York Judges Are Getting Around Bail Reform

Defendants awaiting trial were supposed to be offered a more affordable form of bail. But some judges have set the price of bonds sky-high, leaving many behind bars.

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New Jersey No-Bail System Eyed By New York Leaders Reckons With Bias Risk

By some measures, the Jersey approach is a success. But critics warn public safety reviews by judges can hold past injustices against defendants.

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Bail Reform Rollback Battle Rips Rift in Albany

Senate rethink of mandatory pretrial release for criminal defendants opens divide among Democrats as Assembly activists slam "Jim Crow-style" flip.

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Bronx DA Clark Vows to ‘Work With’ New Bail Law Amid Concerns

As Cuomo and de Blasio call for changes, the prosecutor said she’s dealing with the rules — even if they’re "a little more extreme than I’d like."

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City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.

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Mayor’s $95.3 Billion Proposed Budget Adds Costs, Not Programs

Despite no new big-ticket items, Bill de Blasio’s no-frills fiscal plan piles on $3.1 billion personnel and other costs as state money woes loom.

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Key Bail Reform Support Program Is Still Months Away

"Atlas" promises services to help freed defendants avoid trouble. But with new rules already in effect, no one has been selected to run the program.

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Bronx Man in Jail After Bail Bond Vanishes on Eve of Reforms

Ahead of Jan. 1, when new laws on bail take effect, public defenders report that bond companies are leaving clients empty-handed — and behind bars.

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Layleen Polanco’s Death Inspires Bail Fund for Transgender Inmates

The Emergency Release Fund has raised $10,000 and helped free six people so far. Polanco died in solitary on Rikers Island for want of $500 bail.

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Ballroom Family Remembers Layleen Polanco, Who’d Spent Week in Hospital While Jailed

Layleen Polanco, the 27-year-old who died in solitary last week, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for eight days just two weeks before her death.

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Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in Jail, Another Detainee Died

Jose Rivera, 54, had been in city jail custody for 33 days on a parole violation when he died Sunday. He never saw a lawyer.

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Questions Over Why Layleen Polanco Was Jailed Amid $500 Bail

Lawmakers demand answers in case of the transgender woman, who died in solitary confinement on Rikers Island while held on misdemeanor charges.