STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE SAVINO
Albany, NY – Following recent proposals to ban repeat transit sex offenders from trains and buses, Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) released the following statement:
“For the last five years I’ve worked to pass legislation in the Senate that would increase penalties on those who repeatedly victimize passengers on our subways. Right now these offenders are only committing misdemeanors, and can only be sentenced to up to a year in jail, with most serving little to no time at all. While banning these repeat offenders is a smart idea, the fact of the matter is that if these crimes were appropriately punished these people would not be on our trains to begin with. It’s time for the legislature to pass this legislation to send a message that these crimes are taken seriously and ensure that it’s safe for women to ride the train in New York.”
In 2017, Senator Savino released a report, Perverted Justice: How Subway Grinders Continue to Victimize New Yorkers, which detailed the increase in sex crimes on subways and the legislative solutions she proposed to lower these numbers.
The full report can be found here: https://www.nysenate.gov/sites/default/files/press-release/attachment/pe...