ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Council of Churches is calling on members of the state Senate and Assembly to overhaul the state's bail system.
The organization says too many people charged with a crime must remain in jail awaiting trial simply because they can't afford bail.
The council released a statement Friday urging lawmakers to take action on several proposals to change the bail system before they adjourn for the year later this month.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed eliminating cash bail in misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases. Legislation from Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens would go further in eliminating cash bail for everyone except suspects who commit violent crimes and who are considered a danger to others.