Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Help Post Bail for Low-Income New Yorkers; The Legal Aid Society Supported the Legislation
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

On behalf of The Legal Aid Society and its clients, Steven Banks, the Society's Attorney-in-Chief, urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to sign the legislation to create charitable organizations in New York State that can post up to $2,000 in bail for low-income New Yorkers charged with misdemeanors.

"Each year, thousands of Legal Aid clients facing low-level misdemeanor charges are held in New York City jails because they lack the financial means to post bail," Banks said in a letter to the Governor.

When he signed the bill, the Governor stated that "this law to allow the creation of not-for-profit charitable groups to cover the cost of bail for poor individuals held on a misdemeanor charge will help ensure that the state's justice system works for all defendants regardless of their income."

The Society is taking steps to implement procedures to enable clients to benefit from the new law.