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City Officials Fear Mass Bailout at Rikers Could Endanger Crime Victims

Sep 22, 2018 - The New York Times

City officials are scrambling to prepare for a human rights organization's mass effort to bail out 500 women and teenagers from the Rikers Island jail complex, despite strong resistance from the police and prosecutors.

Across the city, prosecutors are identifying cases that might be affected by the bailout, and calling hundreds of crime victims and witnesses in those cases to let them know that defendants who they thought were in custody might soon be released on bail.