Waive Deposit Fees for Cash Bail

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

Currently, when a criminal defendant pleads guilty or is convicted, the Department of Finance (DOF) returns to the person who originally deposited the bail only 97% of the money deposited for the defendant’s cash bail or a partially secured bail bond.  Two per cent of the bail payment is transferred to New York City’s general fund, and one per cent is deposited as an additional credit to the New York City alternatives to incarceration service plan.   Section 99-m of the General Municipal Law provides that the City is “entitled” to this three percent fee but does not require that the City collect it.  Recent amendments to section 1504 of the New York City Charter authorize DOF to waive this fee after considering: 1) the budgetary impact; 2) the purpose of orders of bail; and 3) the equitable administration of justice.