Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday continued to hint at possible changes to the state's new cashless bail, but did not go into specifics.
"I think something is necessary, the question is what," Cuomo told reporters during a visit to Rockland County.
Democratic state lawmakers have proposed changes to the state's new bail law, which ended cash bail requirements for misdemeanor and non-violent felonies. Some lawmakers want to provide judges with the power to determine whether a person is too dangerous to be released pending trial.
Other lawmakers have also spoken in recent days of adding more criminal charges to the law amid an outcry from local law enforcement officials and criticism from Republicans.
"There is no doubt that if a person is dangerous and is charged with a violent crime they shouldn't just be released," Cuomo said on Monday. "That is no doubt. There's also no doubt that the system that we had was discriminatory and biased."
Cashless bail was a long-sought change for criminal justice advocates, who argue requiring cash be paid to avoid jail after an arrest is a practice that discriminates against poor defendants. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has been steadfast in opposing changes to the law.
Still, there's been a steady drumbeat of opening the door to changes, both from Cuomo as well as from Attorney General Letitia James and other prominent Democrats.
"We made reforms. It is a complex system," Cuomo said. "I get it. I get people saying, now that you make this change, we have to consider this. I get it."