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New Yorkers Turn Sour on Bail Reform

According to a new poll, support for New York’s recently passed law has dropped from 55 percent to 37 percent since April. That follows a storm of criticism from legislators, victim rights groups and others who say eliminating cash bail endangers public safety.

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Federal Crime Victims Chief Departs, No Reason Given

Darlene Hutchinson Biehl of Alabama has left her post to become a “senior advisor of victim affairs” in the agency. An employee union has accused her of political bias in choosing people who review the agency’s grant applications.

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Congress Cuts Aid to Crime Victim Programs

Insiders say the more than 20 percent spending cutback is due mostly to concern in Congress that the overall crime-victim fund should not be unduly depleted. The fund has received significantly more money from Congress in recent years.