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New York state lawmakers on Sunday and early Monday morning completed their work on legislation that promises to create an entirely new criminal justice system that is intended to keep more people out of jail and have criminal proceedings disposed of more quickly.

DETAILS: Cuomo, Lawmakers Announce Deal on State Budget, Criminal Justice Reforms

Those changes will eliminate cash bail for most low-level crimes, like misdemeanors and non-violent felonies, and require prosecutors and the defense to abide by strict deadlines for the exchange of material that’s intended to be used at trial. The new law will take effect next year.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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