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Absent Legislation, NYC to Improve Nuts-and-Bolts of Bail

Mark Strozier, Wikipedia


New York City officials want to find new ways to improve how bail is administered for 50,000 people held in jail each year because they can't afford bail money.

The initiative to be announced Tuesday seeks to make practical fixes to the criminal justice system in the absence of statewide reforms.

Those bureaucratic workarounds can be as simple as shortening the current 65-page form authorizing credit card bail, or better coordinating the bus schedule from courthouses to Rikers Island jail so defendants have more time to post bail.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's  criminal justice coordinator tells The Associated Press the hope is to use more science and less guesswork.

A website for the public and experts to crowdsource ideas launches on Tuesday.