New Law Will Prohibit NY Judges From Jailing Armed Suspects Who Resist Arrest

Holly Matkin

New York lawmakers eliminated cash bail for many violent offenses beginning January 1, 2020.

New York, NY – Under the City of New York’s so-called justice reforms, suspects will no longer be held in jail for carrying weapons beginning in January.

Offenders found in possession of a wide array of weapons – including guns, switchblades, swords, machetes, and stun guns – will instead be issued a “desk appearance ticket” and “set free,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) pointed out in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Lawmakers also eliminated cash bail for hundreds of other criminal charges.

“This law starts on Jan. 1st for ALL of New York, not just New York City,” the PBA noted in another post.

On Nov. 19, Queens Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney James Quinn released a complete list of the offenses that judges will no longer be able to set bail for.

“Under the new bail laws…Judges in New York State cannot set bail on any of the following crimes (and most attempts to commit these crimes), and must release the defendant on non-monetary conditions, regardless of criminal record, ties to the community or previous bench warrants on other cases,” Quinn wrote.

The list stretched on for four pages, and included offenses such as stalking, arson, resisting arrest, money laundering in support of terrorism, rioting, vehicular assault, unlawful imprisonment, negligent homicide, and a slew of drug-related charges.

Criminal offenses against children, including child abuse, promoting child prostitution, facilitating female genital mutilation, and possessing or promoting a sexual performance by a child will also be treated with a mandatory release.

Obstructing governmental duties by means of a bomb, killing a police K9 or horse, and obstructing emergency medical services personnel were also included on the no-jail list.

In addition to eliminating cash bail for hundreds of criminal offenses, as many as 900 inmates are expected to be released from jail under the law changes beginning this month, WCBS reported.

The city of New York has even launched a plan to hand out Mets baseball tickets and gift cards to offenders as an incentive to get them to show up to their scheduled court hearings after their no-bail jail releases.

Critics argued that doling out movie tickets, subway passes, and various store gift cards will reward criminal behavior, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the incentive program will be a success, according to WCBS.

“In a world where we want speedier trials and we want the justice system to work, if small incentives are part of what actually makes it work, then that’s a smart policy,” de Blasio told WCBS on Wednesday. “It’s not something we developed. It’s something that has been worked on by experts over time and proven to work and proven to be a good investment.”

As confident as the mayor may be in the plan, many of those who have actually worked with offenders disagreed.

Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said the program is part of a “deranged mandate,” the New York Post reported.

“We are reaching the point of the absurd when those who are accused of serious offenses are free to roam the streets or even rewarded with gifts while the rights of victims continue to be ignored,” McMahon railed.

“They are tying our hands, they’re tying our feet and they’re gagging victims from coming forward to stand up for their rights,” McMahon added, according to the New York Post. “Many people accused with violent crimes, serious felonies, are going to be back on the street.”

District Attorneys Association of the State Of New York President David Hoovler said that citizens should “brace themselves” for the onslaught of “lawbreakers who will be immediately back on our streets to re-offend without any meaningful supervision.”

“We’re going to have a major public safety issue on our hands,” bail bondsman Ira Judelson told WCBS. “It’s basically like going to school without a principal, without guidance counselors, without teachers and let students be in school and say ‘fend for yourself.'”

New York Assemblyman Mike LiPetri called the program a “travesty of justice,” WCBS reported.

“These are criminals in our communities who have solicited sex from children,” LiPetri argued. “These are criminals who solicited drugs in our neighborhoods, such as heroin, opioids, fentanyl.”

Nick Langworthy, leader of the New York Republican Party, said that the entire reform plan is “downright dangerous,” the New York Post reported.

“It’s absolutely an embarrassment to have this rush of release of prisoners with no additional protections,” Langworthy said. “And the chief architect is [New York Governor] Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo owns this.”

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, who spent 18 years as a judge, told WRGB there should be more qualifying offenses for bail.

"You leave for work in the morning, we arrest em’ at 7 o’clock on a raid. You get home at 6 o'clock, by the time you get issued an appearance ticket they're back out on the street,” Sheriff Giardino said.

The sheriff said that law enforcement officers are going to spend a lot of time tracking down people who fail to appear for court.

"You're going to see a large spike in people not going to court in the first six to nine months of this, then you're going to see our officers spending numerous hours, numerous days tracking people who have been bench-warranted,” he said.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism John Miller called the plan “misguided” and said that 99 percent of people who are arrested will be released under the new plan, WLNY reported.

“Everybody who gets arrested for anything except for maybe murder and attempted murder is going to be released without having to pay any bail, right at arraignment,” Deputy Commissioner Miller said.

He said the new plan eliminated any incentive for criminals not to repeat their crimes, WLNY reported.

“Before they enacted this law, 89 percent, 89 percent of people were being released at arraignment without having to pay bail anyway,” Deputy Commissioner Miller said. “Now that’s going to go to probably 99 percent, which is going to be a problem because criminals are going to know at the time they’re arrested ‘I’m not really risking going to jail, I’m not really risking anything except going through the system and coming out at the other end.'”

The change will also affect how quickly case information will be doled out to defense attorneys and suspects.

“The [suspect] is immediately released without having to pay any bail or spend any time in jail, and then within three weeks they have the name of the person who was the complainant, they have the [names of the] witnesses, they have their addresses and their phone numbers,” Commissioner Miller said.

“That’s gonna be a real problem,” he added. “And one we could’ve seen coming.”

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan agreed with his department’s counter-terrorism boss.

“You’re talking about people who can sell pounds of cocaine and walk out with no bail. Someone burglarizes your house and walks out with no bail,” Chief Monahan said. “We’re going to be facing some major issues come Jan. 1 if this doesn’t get changed.”

But the governor said he had no plans to change the new reforms because he doesn’t think a person’s freedom should hinge on whether they can afford bail, WRGB reported.

Law enforcement was furious.

“In many cases, we have lost our ability to get people off the street even for a short-term basis. Even just a cool-down period,” Saratoga County Undersheriff Richard Castle told WTEN.

Undersheriff Castle said he was most worried about low-level burglary and robbery charges, as well as the number of bench warrants that will be issued when people stop showing up for court.

“So if someone goes to your house and kicks in your front door and steals items out of your house and we catch them, they will be released. If they do it an hour later, they’ll be released again,” he explained. Also, “We’re now going to have to go find them when they don’t show up in court.”

The undersheriff complained that the bail reform legislation was passed without consulting law enforcement or prosecutors, WTEN reported.

New York Assemblyman Dan Stec said bail reform should have never been passed as part of the budget package and said the changes take away discretion from law enforcement and prosecutors.

"Their hands are tied. Instead of being able to exercise their professional experienced discretion, it's a one-size-fits-all now,” Stec said.

In June, New York Police Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) President Ed Mullins warned that the bail reform would lead to “a free-for-all” equivalent to the “movie The Purge,” the New York Post reported.

“This is the beginning of it,” Mullins said. “Law enforcement is going to be out there holding this bag of crap when it starts. The judges are going to get the blame when they start releasing people back into the streets.”

Comments (78)
OscarLundin
OscarLundin

This may actually make us all safer. All of our criminals might just move to New York, where the punishment is non-existent, and leave us alone. Speaking for everyone who lives in a state near NY, thanks guys.

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LEO0301
LEO0301

I thought this had to be a parody. Surely no one could be this stupid... And then I read who authored the law. Citizens of New York, remember you're the ones who voted this guy into office. Now the movie Escape from New York is being to make sense.

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

B Hussein Obama's legacy the emboldened thugs and the war on cops, Diblasio's liberal utopia and sanctuary shithole and Little Andy Cuomo's hug a thug criminal justice reform gives NY Shitty the win for shithole trifecta.

#PARTYOFCRIME

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies. Thugs, criminals, MS13, dishonest attorneys, fake news personalities, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution, norms, laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Please tell me this is satire and not really true. Even Yankees can’t be this stupid.

JBoH
JBoH

Good luck New York. Better thee than me.

Militarymom25
Militarymom25

Good citizens of New York, arm yourselves. Defend your family.

RussellSR
RussellSR

I have no problem with not arresting persons carrying weapons if not in a proscribed class such as felons when not involved in a criminal action. But this is nuts "must release the defendant on non-monetary conditions, regardless of criminal record, ties to the community or previous bench warrants on other cases

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Why does "Escape from Now York" comes to mind? Get all the honest citizens out if the city, build a wall around it and then put all the criminals being released (from this idiotic idea the governer can up with to harm all its citizens) them send the new criminals that get arrested to the city.b There they can kill each other off. My God, liberals have no business in the criminal system or politics, they're brain dead.

lauramroberts
lauramroberts

This is a nightmare for the citizens of NYC. I also thought this had to be a joke, but apparently it is not. Why even arrest them then? This is unconscionable! I'm absolutely floored. So then does that mean legal gun owners can open carry without hassle? I sure hope so, cause anyone living there will need to be heavily armed from here on out. This will be worse than the movie Purge, which was only once a year, this will be every day. The loss of life for both cops and innocent citizens will skyrocket.

ElleD
ElleD

Satan is alive and in charge of NYC...this list includes: Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child

maxx1676
maxx1676

This system is broken. It's not a crisis, it's a disaster I would suggest taking a hard look at the people making these insane laws... check their back-rounds...somethings really wrong. The Hard working people in America deserve more than this from our so-called law-makers !!

Watcher 1
Watcher 1

Crime problems solved. The enpolice won't have to make any new arrests, they'll be spending their time trying to find the scumbags who didn't show before. Best results may be checking sports events and movie theaters.

Anomie88
Anomie88

I am really at a loss for words. Is this reform or regression? Is it a voice of the repressed or a tool for the oppressors? Sad, unfathomable, reckless and devoid of logic. The country is rotting at the edges and the large cities are cysts of perversion and corruption ready to burst their putrid filth into the rest of the land.

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

My god, this country is going down the tubes. I hope the cops start quitting their jobs and koving out, and the poor citizens of New York either start shooting to kill, cmeith or r criminals or the idiot governor, or sue the shit out of him

26yearsinblue
26yearsinblue

This is going to be a blood bath. Hold your breath, stay out of New York, and watch.

JRM1607
JRM1607

This is satire isn't it? Yeah, no one is that stupid as to pass this into law. Isn't it?

sarge431
sarge431

I have never heard of anything so insane. I think the governor of New York and the mayor of NYC should both be impeached for dereliction of duty. Maybe include every crime they have decided not to allow arrests for. Pray for the decent people of NY. They are going to have to arm themselves or the number of victims is going to skyrocket.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Wow, good luck with that New York.....glad I don’t live there....enjoy the criminals running loose. I assume the cops won’t even arrest anyone, the paperwork is too much for them to do just to have someone released and then fail to appear for court because they are out nothing...🤣

Rael
Rael

I'm sorry for the newyorkers, who know what this will lead to, and voted against it. I'm not sorry for the stupid voters who approve such insane policies, whatever it costs them. The deserve it.

Schick56
Schick56

WTF, is all I can say, 😠

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This is insanity!

Sivispace
Sivispace

Idiots want to disarm cops and law-abiding citizens while babying violent criminals. We are through the looking glass. Say stafe NYPD.

MKD23
MKD23

I’ll continue to BEG my NYPD son to gtfo NOW! This is complete insanity. The only people who will benefit from this are the scumbag criminals and their ilk. Get ready for complete lawlessness.

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

This is crazy!!!!! I really don't think it's going to work.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

The insanity continues.... Thanks OBAMA And Soros who is pumping millons into DA races across the country to go after the police

The DemoRATS are grabbing votes anyway they can....

From illegal immigration

To granting felons voting rights

To releasing criminals from jail 150,000 in Jan 2020

And now this...

The country is finally seeing the Demo RAT playbook

From slavery, their KKK, to “Planned kill em all Parenthood” To voting against civil rights To voting against woman’s right to vote

Just look at the documented facts of history

tkshields
tkshields

congrats to NY residents for voting a complete idiot in no one to blame but yourselves for who got elected

cspcapt
cspcapt

Is this just a ploy to get people to attend the Met's games?

Grog
Grog

Another reason not to go to New York!

Mustangman5058
Mustangman5058

This is, by far, about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of, even coming from politicians. The libturds have sold their souls, and they have sold this country and its citizens out, and left it to be a free for all. They have put every citizen in harms way. But that goes without saying when you have these libturd activists, posing as educators and media, that do nothing but indoctrinate our children, and the brain dead, to further their delusional agenda. They will soon see the error of their decisions, when this country becomes a third world country, and lawlessness will become the norm, which is what they are pushing for. Pretty soon, every cop is going to say, to hell with the city, I’m protecting my own. Liberals are spineless worms that have no morals.

pat901$aol.com
pat901$aol.com

Hopefully all the Chicago Crooks will move to New York.....for the Good Life of no jail time...!!!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Why waste time arresting them? Just create a new ticket issued at the time the police catch them. Here is your ticket for armed robbery, please don’t load our gun till you get home. Oh, and don’t forget to show up to court. 🤣🤣🤣. Liberals are mentally insane

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

In the old movie "Escape from NewYork" does anyone remember what year the city became a Federal prison? ......Now might be a good time!!!

Chitto2019
Chitto2019

The movie Escape New York just became reality. Ignorance at the absolute top level.

NomonK
NomonK

If it weren't for truly innocent like the children the aged and pregnant mothers I would say let those liberal idiots die from their own ridiculous laws.
VIVA the 2nd Amendment.

killer93
killer93

Dumb just plain dumb. My sympathy N.Y. citizens. And good luck.

Njaz
Njaz

No wonder NYC residents are moving to FL in droves!! I live in FL-- so, please don't bring your politics with you.

Farticus
Farticus

“But the governor said he had no plans to change the new reforms because he doesn’t think a person’s freedom should hinge on whether they can afford bail, WRGB reported.”

He is right. Their freedom should hinge on obeying the damn law!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I thought I would be dead and buried (cremated) before we completely reached our tipping point but Obama put us on the fast track to destruction so now I'm not so sure. Good luck to all you young people. I'm afraid your life will drastically change, and not for the better, within the next decade.

Godhelpus
Godhelpus

This is an absolute disgrace to our country! These liberal nuts are destroying our country minute but minute! They are taking our rights away from us! Come into my house you won’t be walking out.

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

Raymelson
Raymelson

I think this will be seen in all the large cities new York is bad over populated an I think its about population control if they can kill out my generation an the next 3 generations behind me then they can control the rest of them because there stupid an want work I also believe Americans are gonna see a blood bath worse than the civil war I pray God will have mercy on us

gfc1963
gfc1963

And the inmates have taken over the asylum!! Can these people really sleep at night knowing what they have done?? Criminals - run free in New York. No one will stop you.

Beff
Beff

So in other words, the "Public" will need to defend themselves! I guess we will have to teach our children how to use a weapon to protect themselves because law enforcement is not "allowed". What the heck is wrong with this picture? Instead of making our world a better place to live in, it's going backwards. Well people, defend yourself and family first, ask questions second!!! And to add; families of the prisoners, your job is to know where they are and kept them alive now because the public people will make sure these criminals will never step foot in court again just to be released again and again!

Stanracer
Stanracer

New York's going to hell in a handbasket. deBlazio should be turfed.

magnumforc
magnumforc

NY is OFFICIALLY more weird than CA. Figured that would happen and gawd, look who is running for president and spent 30 million on TV ads...Bloomberg....God (and smart voters) please save the USA.

colonelorville
colonelorville

ANARCHY! AT LAST! NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIVE TO SEE IT!

OldVet
OldVet

Build a wall around New York City and second one around New York State. The liberals can have all the gang members and criminals live with them. Be sure to not allow liberals out either.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Insanity...

VaBeachGal
VaBeachGal

But you can't buy a super sized soda.... go figure

ProfD
ProfD

Unfortunately, I live in this shithole state and can't wait to move to TN. Please libs, stay where you are.