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The contents of the First Step Act

For those who have been charged with crimes or are currently in federal prison, the First Step Act could make their lives easier. Individuals who have homes or family members in New York would be required to be incarcerated within 500 miles of those homes or loved ones. In some cases, it could result in a person being set free or having his or her sentences reduced. Those who are facing life sentences under a "three-strike" rule would now only serve 25 years.

Former sports radio co-host convicted of fraud

Former sports radio co-host Craig Carton was convicted of fraud in a New York court on Nov. 7. Carton told reporters after leaving the Manhattan federal court that while he was disappointed in the verdict, he respected it. Carton's lawyers are planning to appeal the verdict.

Former TV star could be jailed on fraud charges

New York officials have announced that former TV star Shannade Clermont from the reality show "Bad Girls Club" has pleaded guilty to charges of felony wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said that Clermont attempted to make over $20,000 in fraudulent charges on a stolen debit card number. After the man who owned the card passed away from an overdose, the former TV star used the card number for several large transactions.

How does bail work in New York?

No matter where in the United States you are, bail allows people to stay out of jail until the court decides on their case(s) while providing an incentive to not flee before the trial date. Some have been vocal regarding New York's bail system because it can punish those without the financial resources necessary to post bail, meaning presumably innocent people remain in jail for months or even years without conviction of a crime. 

New York man admits to running fentanyl ring

A 30-year-old New York man faces a custodial sentence ranging from 10 years to life after admitting to being the leader of an Elmira-based fentanyl ring. The man entered guilty pleas to conspiracy, drug possession and drug distribution charges in a Monroe County federal courtroom on Oct. 25. Prosecutors say that 13 members of the group have now been convicted on federal drug charges. At least two overdose deaths have been linked by law enforcement to the group's activities.

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