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Prosecutors denounce bail reform efforts when people miss court dates, but ‘failure to appear’ rates obscure the fact that many who miss court aren’t on the run.
Advocates noted that bail gives prosecutors leverage to get guilty pleas from people who can’t afford to buy their way out of jail.
Judges are still setting bail at unaffordable levels, and more people are being held without bond.
District attorneys’ comments belie the true purpose of bail in New York and ignore the safety risks of jail itself.