Ulster County complete justice reform report

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KINGSTON – The Ulster County Justice and Reform Commission has completed its report with recommendations on how to reshape and reimagine the county’s criminal justice system.

County Executive Patrick Ryan said it is a comprehensive five-year plan.

“Ending mass incarceration, strengthening oversight and accountability or our law enforcement entities, addressing systemic racial bias throughout all our different systems, and healing the relationship and improving the relationship between the police and the public they are sworn to protect and keep safe,” he said.

Sheriff Juan Figueroa said transforming the criminal justice system “will ensure that all persons regardless of race, gender or economic status are treated fairly and humanely.”

The next step is for the county legislature to approve the plan before it is submitted to Albany by the April 1 deadline for its approval.