U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is calling for a national accounting of pre-trial services amid the ongoing controversy surrounding New York's cashless bail law.
Stefanik announced Monday she is backing legislation that would require the Government Accountability Office to review how people under pre-trial release are supervised.
“I am proud to cosponsor this bill to address dangerous bail reform policies that continue to put our communities at risk,” Stefanik said. “This legislation will require an assessment of failed bail reform laws exactly like the one that Governor Cuomo has implemented in New York, which has had significant impacts in the North Country and put many communities at risk."
The new law, which went into effect in the new year, ended cash bail requirements for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.
Some state lawmakers and law enforcement officials have sought changes to the measure, including a provision that would allow judges to determine whether a person is too dangerous to be released pending trial.
Lawmakers earlier this year also held a public hearing with local government officials who provide pre-trial services. At the time, the officials said more money was needed to administer programs in order to handle a decrease in the number of people residing in local jails.
But that reduction in the number of jail inmates has been cited as a cost savings for local governments.