New York City to end cash bail for non-felony cases in win for reform advocates

Change could save New Yorkers millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of days of jail time, and follows US trend towards reforming pretrial justice system

The district attorneys for Manhattan and Brooklyn have announced that their offices will no longer seek bail for most non-felony cases, allowing defendants to be released on their own recognizance rather than sit in jail or fork over big sums of cash while awaiting trial for crimes deemed less serious.

The change could save New Yorkers millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of days of jail time, and follows a city, state and nationwide trend towards reforming the system of pre-trial justice.

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