The Majority in the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo have enacted a dangerous change to our criminal justice system. Under this so-called “reform,” judges no longer have the discretion to set bail for the vast majority of crimes in New York State.
The new law eliminates cash bail and pretrial detention for nearly all misdemeanors and nonviolent felony cases, resulting in the mandatory release of 90% of those arrested, regardless of their criminal history.
A partial list of these crimes that no longer require bail include:
Many who are charged with committing high level crimes and many repeat offenders CANNOT be held on bail and are being immediately released back into the streets. Some commit new crimes within hours of release.
I join with law enforcement officials and colleagues in government to call upon the State Legislature to repeal the new law. While criminal justice reform may be needed for low level offenders who are needlessly held in jail because they do not have the means to pay bail, what the Legislature has done is created a system that allows dangerous criminals to be returned to our streets and communities.
Please sign my petition calling for the State to immediately repeal their reform and go back to the drawing board to create common sense legislation that protects our citizens.