Reform of the deposit and online betting

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Explain why judges impose bail

One reader seems to have general opposition to cash bail as being “against a person’s rights” because the person is “presumed innocent” [“Different reactions to bail reform essay,” Letters, Feb. 7].

She may have her heart in the right place, but doesn’t seem to understand the legitimate purpose of it in the criminal justice system, which is to ensure that the accused person comes back to court after being charged.

In deciding whether to impose cash bail and the amount, a judge, after receiving relevant information, must weigh factors such as the crime charged, the sentence that may be imposed, whether the person has a criminal record judiciary and the extent of community ties.

Then a judge can get a good idea if the person is a flight risk and the need for substantial bail. The goal is not to punish someone for being poor.

— Jay Abrahams, Lynbrook

When does the online betting craze end?

Another pandemic is raging in this country, and it’s online sports betting [“Online gamblers can’t afford to lose money,” Letters, Feb. 1].

Since the legalization of online gambling sites, it seems that every other TV commercial at a sporting event is about gambling. In January, during the first weekend of online gambling legalization in New York, more than 650,000 accounts were created and $150 million wagered. In the whole month of January, $1.6 billion was wagered. Advertisers are constantly on the lookout for gambling sites, giving viewers the chance of something happening.

The American Gaming Association says a record 31.4 million American adults plan to bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl, a 35% increase from 2021. They are expected to bet more than $7 billion. , an increase of 78% compared to a year ago. Compared to last year, 45 million more Americans can bet legally at home.

When does this end? The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission must intervene.

—Bob Dumas, Albertson

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