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Bail reform and 'Raise the Age' law to be focus of Wednesday forum

The end of bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies and changes in how 16- and 17-year-olds are treated by the criminal justice system will be among the topics to be discussed at a forum at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

Scheduled speakers include Erie County Court Judges Kevin Carter and Maxwell Barnes; Mark Worrell with the assigned counsel program; Rebecca Town with the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo; and an Erie County probation officer.

The event is sponsored by the Stop the Violence Coalition, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and the National Action Network.

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