The criminal justice law changes set to take effect early next year have fallen under increasing scrutiny from opponents as supporter seek to bolster the new measures with an ad campaign touting the benefits.

The fight over the reforms — laws that will end cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies as well as require a faster processing of evidence for defense teams — has been more pointed in recent weeks, even more so than the days leading up to legislative votes earlier this year.

For supportive Democrats and criminal justice law reformers, the bills are meant to keep people from languishing in local jails. Republicans, law enforcement officials and local prosecutors, however, are concerned with the added expense of the laws taking effect, as well as the potential for dangerous people to be let back on the streets.

On Monday, Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco and Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara unveiled legislation meant to delay the implementation and would add more judicial discretion to the bail law changes.

“The so-called reforms that ultimately passed were done in haste in the flurry of passing a state budget without getting input from the criminal justice experts who will have to implement the law,” Tedisco said.

“The bi-partisan bill that Assemblyman Santabarbara and I have put forth aims to begin to rebalance the scales of justice and provide judges with more discretion to keep the public safe. Our representative democracy is based on three equal branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. Discretion has always been an important part of the judiciary as it relates to issues of danger and safety for the protection of our citizenry.”

Meanwhile, the advocacy New Yorkers United For Justice on Monday announced it had launched a seven-figure ad campaign to tout the changes — portraying them as a needed and long-overdue reforms. The campaign comes amid the push back to changes from some lawmakers and law enforcement officials.

“Opponents are deliberately misleading the public with fear. Fortunately, we have the truth on our side. Our campaign will dispel their misinformation and educate New Yorkers about why and how criminal justice reform makes New York a safer and fairer place to live,” said NYUJ Chief Strategist Khalil A. Cumberbatch.

“Those who seek to roll back recent reforms are really defending the indefensible – a dysfunctional system that denies people due process, jails them for low-level crimes even before they’ve had their day in court, and treats the rich better than the poor, all to the detriment of public safety and basic decency. Change is long overdue.”