A recent article published by CBS New York reported New York’s plan to replace bail for low-risk defendants with supervision options, including daily check-ins, text-message reminders and connecting them with drug or behavioral therapy.

“This is really important because some people who can’t afford $100 bail end up pleading guilty so they can get out, and that’s unjust,” Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Shareholder Stuart P. Slotnick told the publication.

The article reported that about 87 percent of the more than 1,000 people on supervised release in already-existing city pilot programs return to court when they’re supposed to. Supporters of the reform note that it will provide relief to the “costly jail system that is bursting at the seams.”

“I think it likely will save money because less people in jail, there will be less overtime for court officers, the system will run more smoothly overall,” said Slotnick. 

Read the full article - "NYC To Use $17.8 Million To Offer Non-Bail Option For Some Suspects" (CBS New York, July 8, 2015)