Detectives were informed Thursday that suspects have to appear before a judge within 48 hours of arrest or be released. The previous practice required only that charges be approved by prosecutors within that time frame.
And the previous practice before this was that they be charged within 72 hours.
Detectives said that the change will put them under much greater pressure to assemble cases hastily.
"They're tying our hands behind our backs," said one veteran detective, who asked not to be named. "It's just one more thing to keep us from solving crimes."