How Safe: What Effect Do New Bail Reform Programs Have on the Public?
Oliver Dubinsky, PSC 399: Research Skills in Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kyeonghi Baek, Political Science
The United States criminal justice system is one that has often benefited people in the upper and middle classes and leaves impoverished people with their lives upended due to low level crimes. Almost a half million people are in jail cells every day because they are unable to post bail. The recent bail reform in New York State was met with open arms by advocates who have loved ones confined to jail cells simply due to financial constraints. Although there is not a great deal of research on the effects of the newly proposed bail reform programs in New York State, there is a vast amount of data on the effects of bail reform in other states that have implemented versions of reform in the past (e.g., New Jersey, California, Alaska). So far the findings on the safety of bail reform have turned up two rather obvious results. One view is that it is a necessary program to help people who may not have the financial means to post bail and sometimes plead guilty to a crime they did not even commit. The other view is that bail reform has the reverse effect and lets dangerous criminals back onto the streets without any real repercussions.
Dubinsky, Oliver, "How Safe: What Effect Do New Bail Reform Programs Have on the Public?" (2020). Psychology and Social Sciences. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.