After meetings with state lawmakers, Adams says ‘criminal justice,’ not just bail reform, is needed


Following an afternoon of closed-door meetings with state legislative leaders, Mayor Eric Adams said that while he’s seeking changes to “criminal justice reforms” in the state budget for this fiscal year — due April 1, it’s up to Albany lawmakers to determine if the rollbacks to bail reform Governor Kathy Hochul is seeking should be enacted.

Hochul’s bail proposal seeks to eliminate the so-called “least restrictive standard,” which requires judges to use the least restrictive methods for getting defendants to show up to court, in order to clear up what she’s characterized as confusion among judges about which crimes are bail eligible.