On January 1st, due to actions taken by Governor Cuomo and the Democratic leadership of the Assembly and the Senate, New York State began to provide get out of jail free cards to many dangerous perpetrators. This so-called criminal justice “reform” has led to a mass release of prisoners by removing a judge’s ability to decide when to require bail for a variety of crimes and allowing many charged with a whole host of crimes to walk free.
As I have said since this “reform” was approved early last year, these changes put our citizens at risk and we need to press the pause button immediately.
To protect our communities, the first act the Senate Republican Conference took as we started this year’s Legislative Session was pushing for a measure that would have accomplished just that, since protecting New York families must be our government’s first obligation. Unbelievably, that measure was rejected by every Democrat member of the State Senate – even those who had publicly called for changes to the cashless bail “reform” citing the need for the reinstatement of judicial review.
Their reversal and denial of this common-sense change are unacceptable in the face of the release of repeat offenders and other dangerous individuals.
I will keep fighting to make the changes needed to protect all New Yorkers and invite you to join me in calling on these Senators and their colleagues to reform the cashless bail “reform” now.