State revises statistics on bail reform after town hall complaint

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Less than two weeks after releasing a treasure of statistics showing the latest results of New York State bail reform reshuffled its numbers – removing results which showed new arrests after their cases were closed.

THE CITY and other news outlets have published articles based on previously published data. The CITY article is now updated based on new state numbers.

The new data reduces the number of cases labeled as involving new arrests while previous charges were pending pre-trial, from 42,000 to 26,000. The 16,000 excluded rearrests still took place in the first 18 months. bail reform – which began in January 2020 – but only after the defendants resolved their previous cases.

Overall, the new figures show that 19.5% of all defendants were re-arrested before their cases were closed – including those released on bail, those released unconditionally on their own recognizance and those released in custody. part of a social work program known as supervised release.

Among those on probation, 41.3% were re-arrested before their case was resolved and 9% after their first case was closed.

As THE CITY reported on Sunday, New York City supervised release defendants have been re-arrested at much higher rates than others.

Data updated on Monday showed 23% of New York City defendants released on supervised release were re-arrested for felony while their cases were still pending. This compares to 12% for those released on bail and 11.8% for those released without any restriction on their own appointment.

This is more than several years before bail reform, when the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) reported that 8% of those on probation had been re-arrested for crimes on average of 2016 to 2018 and 9% for crimes in 2019.

The MOCJ reported that those on probation were again arrested at a rate of 13% in 2020, the first year of the reform.

New York City’s 41.3% of those on supervised release were re-arrested on all types of charges – including misdemeanors, non-violent and violent crimes – before their case was decided, against 18.5% for release on bail and 20.4% for people released on their own contract. .

The data was released as part of reforms passed in 2019 that significantly reduced the types of crimes for which judges could post bail. The State Courts Administration Office and the Division of Criminal Justice Services are required to monitor the effects of the reforms, which were rolled out on January 1, 2020.

Data includes all arrests of defendants in New York State for all charges – misdemeanor and felony – from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

“Precise but too complete”

On Monday, the mayor’s office of criminal justice, a big supporter of bail reform, questioned the state’s data, noting that it included the re-arrests that took place after the The accused has resolved his case, said Janine Kava, spokesperson for the state’s Criminal Justice Services Division. .

“The DCJS discovered an anomaly in the provisional release data available to the public Monday morning. We immediately contacted and coordinated with the OCA to review and revise the data, which was reposted on the court system’s website around 5 p.m., ”Kava said.

“Previously published data was accurate but too comprehensive, including re-arrests that took place after a case was concluded instead of just those that took place while a case was pending.”

“The data provided previously was not wrong,” she added. “It’s not as if these 16,000 cases haven’t been re-arrested. They were.”

Asked to comment, MOCJ spokesperson B. Colby Hamilton responded by email: “At this point we see no reason to comment.

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