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The state Justice Task Force came out Wednesday in support of eliminating cash bail and traditional bail bonds for defendants facing misdemeanor and certain nonviolent felony charges.

The action was taken in advance of the Legislature and governor’s office coming to an agreement on the state budget due by April 1. In his budget proposal, Cuomo included a plan to eliminate cash bail for minor crimes. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez already have said that their offices will not ask for cash bail for minor crimes.

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Susan DeSantis

Susan DeSantis is the deputy editor-in-chief of the New York Law Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @sndesantis

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