New York Showering Criminals With Gifts As They Leave Rikers Island

Holly Matkin

Even inmates who have wrapped up their sentences are benefiting from the so-called incentive program.

Bronx, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has stationed workers on Rikers Island to dole out gifts to all departing inmates.

Carrying all of the taxpayer-purchased rewards, including $25 debit cards, Mets tickets, free transit passes, movie tickets, and various gift cards, has become such a burden that the city is working to purchase drawstring bags so criminals can pack their prizes out more easily, the New York Post reported.

There are even plans in the works to kick in some prepaid cell phones as part of New York’s soft-on-crime criminal justice reform law changes.

Over $500,000 has been used to purchase additional items, such as winter coats, the New York Post reported. The Steve Madden shoe company has also donated footwear to the cause.

Although de Blasio originally touted the gifts as an incentive to get people to show up to court, they’re now being bestowed upon all exiting criminals – including those who have wrapped up their sentences and have no further court hearings in connection with their latest round of offenses, the New York Post reported.

The city is using taxpayer dollars not only to shower criminals with gifts, but also to pay the workers from nonprofit groups that are doling everything out to them.

The program will expand beyond the boundaries of Rikers to all city courthouses during the week of Jan. 6.

“It’s a sad state of affairs when the city bends over backward to reward criminals instead of protecting the victims of their crimes,” one law enforcement source told the paper. “What’s next? Free limo service back home?”

As many as 15,000 inmates are expected to rake in the prizes supplied by the incentive program, according to the New York Post.

“2020 is going to be the year of the perp,” one law enforcement source told the paper.

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.”

Beginning on Thursday, prosecutors will have just 15 days from the time of arraignment to hand over all evidence pertaining to a case – including victim and witness information, WSTM reported.

Cases can be dismissed if prosecutors fail to meat the deadline, Albany County District Attorney David Soares told the news outlet.

“’By the way, I have to provide your cell phone number to his lawyer in a few weeks,’” Soares used as an example of what he will be forced to tell crime victims. “I don’t know how I’m going to have these conversations with a victim.”

Under the law change, the court can also require crime scenes to remain unchanged so that defendants can be allowed to visit them, the New York Daily News reported.

McMahon has been speaking out about the myriad of problems the sweeping changes will have throughout the state since they were passed back in April, the Staten Island Advance reported.

“We will undoubtedly see a chilling effect on cooperation by those impacted by crime, choosing instead to protect their own privacy and avoid being re-victimized,” McMahon warned. “While there certainly was room to improve New York’s criminal justice system, the ‘reforms’ to our bail and discovery statutes supported by our state Legislature and Governor Cuomo blew past any semblance of fairness or justice.”

Soares noted that some aspects of the law changes are essentially impossible to comply with, such as being mandated to turn over DNA or toxicology results that won’t even be back from the lab within the 15-day period.

“When we pointed it out to the governor’s office that they need to increase staffing at the labs, they just shrugged their shoulders,” he told WSTM.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson, Jason Conwall, argued that prosecutors can simply file a request for a 30-day extension if there is a valid reason why evidence can’t be obtained within the 15-day window.

“We carefully considered the views of law enforcement to ensure we enacted balanced reforms that were long overdue and will bring greater fairness to New York’s criminal justice system,” Conwall declared.

Soares said his office has been scrambling to digitize all of its evidentiary files, including some that date back for decades, in order to meet the Jan. 1 deadline.

But the ramifications of the criminal justice reform laws are even more wide-reaching.

Offenders found in possession of a wide array of weapons – including guns, switchblades, swords, machetes, and stun guns – will now be issued a “desk appearance ticket” and “set free,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) pointed out in a Facebook post on Dec. 3.

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

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 will be released from jail under the law changes, WCBS reported.

Comments (43)
Woobie46
Woobie46

NY is doomed. Deballso is one of MANY problems. I wonder if the NYers enjoy paying taxes for gifts to criminals or those accused of crimes? I would be down at the governor's office making the biggest scene possible if I had to pay for shit like this. He would know MY NAME for sure. It's time, NYers who have a brain. Either get UGLY or get OUT!

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fishing
fishing

You watch, California will follow up with even more gifts for the inmates...they ain't gonna left New York out-do them.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

wow, half a million in gifts given to people who convicted of crimes.... it's a darn shame that half a million couldn't be spent on equipment for officers, bonuses for underpaid FDNY EMS personnel, or to help the victims of these criminals recover from the actions of these criminals....

JBoH
JBoH

“2020 is going to be the year of the perp,” one law enforcement source told the paper.

LOL!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It seems ridiculous to automatically reward all released inmates.

The math works out to $33+ per criminal under the current system.

I've got no problem with a couple of bus tickets or small amount of cash for certain people who were locked up for a while and did their time, are broke and are set up to put their life back in order, but Mets tickets, gift cards and such? They probably just end up getting sold by the perps at a loss to the taxpayers.

I wouldn't want the released inmate to "have to" rob someone as their first act, or try to get back into jail for three meals a day on taxpayer dime, which is much more expensive.

It's complicated, but it doesn't seem like NYC is doing it right if they are "rewarding" everyone, regardless of circumstances.

There is probably more to this story that is more important. I would not be surprised if they have staff to help people sign up for benefits once they are free. That would be a much larger taxpayer expense. Pure speculation on my part.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

THIS CLOWN OF A MAYOR NEEDS REPLACED IMMEDIATELY!!!! What a LOSER, giving gifts to criminals! He's the one who needs to be behind bars as well!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

What about gifts for the victims?!!!! They need to be 1st and foremost. Smh

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Im sorry for the 1st time as being a LEO or retired LEO i don't feel sorry for any victims in NY it's their fault for letting the mayor and governor they have stay in office. After they lose so much of their lives and their families they will see that the Democrats are trying their best to destroy this country!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Maybe the victims should get a gift too. I suggest a box of ammo to protect themselves.

TomB 18158
TomB 18158

This is the most F'd up program I've ever heard of rewarding perps, and no cash bail for some heavy duty crimes is insane. NY State id a mess and will get worse, thanks Cuomo you Democratic a'hole.(Tom B 28 yrs NYPD ret.)

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"“We carefully considered the views of law enforcement..." No, you didn't.

Duke of Detroit
Duke of Detroit

I guess crime does pay in New York.

Retiredandproud
Retiredandproud

This was done single handed Via budget, same as the unsafe act. When will NY realize they need a governor not a dictator pushing for the presidency? Remember Obama care, forced on everyone without due process. Now NY will become a crime haven, lock your doors and keep your guns handy! That is the guns that were once legal but now king cuomo wants to strip you of.

Njaz
Njaz

"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".( quoted text) What???? Leave NY - run for your life. Unbelievable

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

It's actually a genius move by Deblosio, by rewarding the criminals and giving them the Victim's personal information, the Crime Statistics will be "Transformed" and Left York🐀💩 will look like the Safest City in the world, because it's all about Looks with Demoncrats.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Keep in mind, these people are all part of the cabal. It's one big criminal empire to destroy America. Every individual has his/her part. When you put all these demons idiology together, you have massive censorship, massive propaganda, brainwashing, mind control, civil rights violations, constitutional violations, basically they want the United States of America to turn into Commifornia.

61mouse
61mouse

I think the departing gift bags should have the personal phone numbers and addresses of Coumo and Bozo

cops-kid
cops-kid

But you'll catch a felony for a "scary" rifle in NY State ... SMH

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Time to start Submitting pedophile RAPE stories about bill clinton to the new york post....with a forged de blasio signature. Make it convincing and feces bag gagblasio may join j.epstien.

ElleD
ElleD

Thank you NEW YORK CITY! Hopefully all of the bank robbers are moving there and will stay with you!! Good Moral people, what few there are left, will move out so the rent should be affordable. Tourism will stop and one day you will realize what you have done, well, maybe. You will try to take it back, but It will be too little too late.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

just freeing up space for all of the criminal cops!

Marine.001
Marine.001

Was Oprah and Ellen there giving them cars too “you get a car, you get a car, u all get a car.” Total BS for their victims. Also BS cuz our Loony Toon Gov in CA will probably now want to one up NY and give the a house with a bills paid for a year. WTF is wrong w these people.

bronx163
bronx163

De blasio is a far left commie who worked for Daniel Ortega in Honduras in 1979-80s. He was an assistant to communist Sandinistas leader. While Ronald Reagan backed the contras who were fighting commie Sandinistas. Now we have this jackass as a mayor for the city of ny. Nyc voters are sheep and idiots. They keep voting for people who do nothing for them but make life for them worse. Just look at all the people in nyc public housing 2 1/2 yrs with no heat, hot water, or gas. But still elected this shit bag mayor 2x.

Now look at the crime rate skyrocketing.

Subway sexual assaults through the roof.

Strong arm robberies to the sky

Shootings like its 4th of july.

Quality of life crime to mars.

Bias crimes through the Roof

Broken windows policing suppressed serious crime from materializing.

But the city council has sold their soul to the street savage criminal.

No cash bail.

And now 4,000 inmates are being released into ny society to ravage the streets with chaos and terror.

Not to mention a police dept that attacks its own cops and refuses to back their cops. Police commissioner who lies and saids crime is down overall.

They wanted hands off policing they got it. The street cop will never do proactive policing again. Reactive policing is only policing they will get.

They wanted a hands off police dept they got it.

Just read the paper. No criminal is afraid to Carry a gun or assault people at will.

Enjoy your dream come true liberal commie fascists.

I just sit back and laugh as the city implodes and i collect my pension Not having to ever set foot in shit hole city again.

whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Considered the Views ?? So, does that mean what I think it means??

Which is, " they Never Spoke with Any LEO'S, on their Views??

Just considered....oh, such an informed decision, (sarc)


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