POUGHKEEPSIE – One of the first Dutchess County Jail inmates to be released under the new bail reforms is an individual with an extensive criminal history including a conviction for manslaughter.
Angell responded to the function of his office, saying, “Over the last several weeks/months, the Public Defender’s Office has been meeting regularly with the District Attorney’s Office, Probation and the Department of Behavioral & Community Health’s Jail Based Services to review cases in anticipation of the new bail reform legislation. During this period, many of the cases have been resolved with either the individual being sentenced or released.
The Public Defender’s Office does not represent all individuals in the Dutchess County Jail. Private attorneys are responsible for obtaining the release of their clients.