State lawmakers and local government officials like Assembly Codes Committee Chairman Joe Lentol say they want the push to end cash bail to be successful.
"We want it to be a good and fair way of dealing with bail reform. We don't want it to fail," Lentol said.
And with cash bail ending starting next year for many criminal charges, Lentol isn't ruling out seeking more money for local governments who will have to enact the changes.
"We have to give the law a chance. The law is going to take effect January 1, [it] hasn't even gone into effect and people are complaining about it," Lentol said.
The state Assembly on Thursday took hours of testimony from advocates and local government officials to discuss how to enact the end of cash bail and how it would affect what are known as pre-trial services — like having defendants attend education or drug treatment programs and supervise them in the community. For officials like Delaware County's Probation Director Scott Glueckert, the issue comes down to money and resources to provide those services.
"Without having more concrete data about how many cases we're expecting to deal with, it's going to be difficult to project what our staffing needs are going to be," Glueckert said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has pointed to the reduction of the number of people in jail as a cost savings that counties can use on pre-trial services. And the governor's office has compared the bail law changes to the ones made in New Jersey under Republican Chris Christie. Glueckert, however, says there are key differences.
"I think New Jersey definitely took a few steps to try to mitigate the issues with funded. I think funding has been a big problem with them. I don't know how we're going to do what we're able to do without the funding," Glueckert said.
Some Republicans have called for a pause in the enactment of criminal justice law reforms to provide more resources.