NY Democrats Backpedaling As Bail Reform Laws Put Violent Criminals On Streets

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the biggest proponent of bail reform, admitted lawmakers needed to make changes.

New York, NY – As Democrat New York State lawmakers are poised to propose a whole slew of additional crime reform bills in the new session, some New York Democrats are pushing back after seeing the initial disastrous results of eliminating cash bail.

Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was an outspoken supporter of doing away with cash bail in an effort to keep more non-violent offenders out of jail, had to concede that the initiative hadn’t gotten off to the best start, Spectrum News reported.

"There is a chance now for the legislature to get it right," de Blasio told Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Thursday. “They did some very good reforms, but there are also things that need to be done, particularly empowering judges to determine if someone poses a threat to the surrounding community."

New York’s Jewish community called on de Blasio to declare a state of emergency after multiple anti-Semitic attacks occurred in New York and in New Jersey in December, but so far, the mayor has refused, Spectrum News reported.

However, he promised more New York Police Department presence in Jewish neighborhoods in the city.

Opponents of bail reform that eliminates cash bail have pointed to 30-year-old Tiffany Harris as the most egregious example of the new system’s failure, The New York Times reported.

Harris was arrested three times in a span of five days before a judge kept her in custody on Jan. 1 to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the New York Post reported.

Police said Harris slapped three Orthodox Jewish women on a street corner in Crown Heights on Dec. 27 while yelling “F--k you, Jews!”

She was released without bail the next day, as judges began implementing the new criminal-friendly bail reform laws ahead of their actual Jan. 1 launch, the New York Post reported.

Harris was arrested less than 24 hours later after she slugged a woman in the face on Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights.

The victim was badly injured but her attacker was released the next day, yet again, the New York Post reported.

When Harris was set free without bail for the second time in four days, she was ordered to meet with a social worker.

But she was arrested on New Year’s Eve after the court-mandated meeting went badly.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Harris pinched the social worker during their sit-down meeting, the New York Post reported.

“This is not what justice looks like,” New York State Senate Minority Leader John J. Flanagan told The New York Times.

Flanagan said he was already campaigning on a rollback of the new law.

In another example of a recent hate crime, a machete-wielding man attacked a rabbi in his home in upstate New York during Hanukkah, Spectrum News reported.

Not all of bail reform’s critics are Republicans.

In fact, many are incumbent Democrats who have been hammered by law enforcement groups for being soft on crime, The New York Times reported.

Democratic State Senator Todd Kaminsky has proposed a bill to amend the law and make it possible to set cash bail for more offenses.

Kaminsky told The New York Times that he understood “the unfairness of a cash bail system that favors wealthier offenders.”

However, he pointed out that some of the crimes eligible for release without bail now “are as serious, if not more serious, as felonies under cash bail reform that remain part of the criminal justice system.”

Prosecutors and police have expressed concern that some of allegedly non-violent offenders who are being released without bail will re-offend and try to intimidate witnesses, The New York Times reported.

“Someone who deals in drugs is not someone who, once arrested, will just decide to give it up and find legal employment,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said. “They will continue to sell drugs.”

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ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

To the surprise of absolutely fucking no one...

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

wow , who would have thought that violent offenders would be violent again and again and ...

Bluesupporter
Bluesupporter

To the surprise of all the brainless #ucks (not those who Soros bought, like DeBlasio) who approved and supported these changes...

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

According to the District Attorneys Association, offenses that don't qualify for bail in New York State include:

  • Assault in the third degree
  • Aggravated vehicular assault
  • Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide
  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree
  • Coercion in the first degree
  • Arson in the third and fourth degree
  • Grand larceny in the first degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds or criminal possession of a firearm
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degree
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degree
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds
  • Specified felony drug offenses involving the use of children, including the use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense and criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child
  • Criminal solicitation in the first degree and criminal facilitation in the first degree
  • Money laundering in support of terrorism in the third and fourth degree
  • Making a terroristic threat
  • Patronizing a person for prostitution in a school zone
  • Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Promoting a sexual performance by a child
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Obstructing governmental administration in the first and second degree
  • Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device
  • Bribery in the first degree
  • Bribe giving for public office
  • Bribe receiving in the first degree
  • Promoting prison contraband in the first and second degree
  • Resisting arrest
  • Hindering prosecution
  • Tampering with a juror and tampering with physical evidence
  • Aggravated harassment in the first degree
  • Directing a laser at an aircraft in the first degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
  • Enterprise corruption and money laundering in the first degree
  • Aggravated cruelty to animals, overdriving, torturing and injuring animals
  • Failure to provide proper sustenance
  • Animal fighting

Source: www.whec.com/news/offenses-that-dont-qualify-for-bail-in-new-york-state/5511462/ and others.

stooge819
stooge819

“the unfairness of a cash bail system that favors wealthier offenders.”

Because all those violent crimes committed by rich people.

JBoH
JBoH

"...had to concede that the initiative hadn’t gotten off to the best start..."

Now that's how you try to put positive spin on a train wreck.

bronx163
bronx163

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bronx163
bronx163

These criminal left wing politicians have sold their souls to felon street activist to free criminals and flood the streets with savages.

Now these rejects want to fix their idiotic agenda.

This city is so off its meds its not funny.

Give every immigrants free legal services.

Free protection from ice

Hide ms 13 from ice so they can continue their criminal enterprise on the American people. And nypd wont honor ICE holds on criminal illegals who are gang bangers.

Total shit show.

Criminals control city hall and Cuomo and flunkies in albany in the Senate and Assembly.

City streets are a mess.

This is what happens when welfare taking, Illegal hiding, gang banger voting pool. They out vote the working man and women and determine all of ny states residence’s destiny.

This is why our founding fathers created electoral college for president. Give every state level playing field voting.

But now the left want to abolish electoral college so Calf., NY, VA, NJ, Illinois, Colorado, Can determine the destiny of rest of country for life.

These idiots running nyc nypd ny state all just want the far left to rein.

Nypd is perfect example of how top brass have sold their souls to de blasio and city council to just say they are the pc and chief of NYPD.

JUST LOOK AT NYC STREETS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. CRIMINALS HAVE THE LEAD AND CONTROL.

THANK THE COMMIE LEFT ADA’s and borough DA’s who refuse to Prosecute criminals.

Its amazing u spit at, threaten assault NYCA bus driver its an automatic felony.

THAT TELLS YOU HOW MUCH POLICE OFFICER’s LIFE MEANS TO THEM.

MEANS ZERO.

FUCK YOU DE BLASIO AND SPINELESS

BRASS WHO HAVE SOLD OUT THE NYPD COP

SO THEY CAN SIT AT THE ADULT TABLE WITH

CRONY POLITICIANS.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Jackasses, what the hell did they think was going to happen? There's another example of bleeding heart liberals hard at work and once again it backfired! Just keep taking care of criminals, they care soooooo much!

Jason942$
Jason942$

This is what the voters wanted when they voted democrat.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Don't vote in bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, liberal democrat politicians! Problem solved.

Dra71
Dra71

And this is only day 5 ! WTF did these " law makers" think would happen?

ikaika
ikaika

Can you imagine what chaos there will be by the end of the month? Beat a child and get out. Sell drugs and get out. Fight with a cop and get out. And on and on. De Blasio, Cuomo, and the Democrats are getting exactly what they wanted.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Chaos is control!

twj
twj

What about their new law that will be giving criminals the names, addresses and contact information of their victims and witnesses?? What chaos do they think that will cause? How many people have to be re-victimized or killed for them to realize that was an "uh-oh" law also? These lawmakers should have to take common sense tests, do ride alongs, work 911 call centers, walk the floors of jails with CO's with no weapons, and run some EMS calls. Then work with some homeless people on the streets, in shelters, psych cases, and battered women & children shelters and men (cause they get abused too), I'm sure there are lots more things that would be eye-opening for them... the streets of the people they are representing - good and bad. Cities and towns with immigration problems, talk to the victims. Do this as part of the campaign - to qualify, and "renew" this "certification" to keep it real when they make laws. Find out just how handy that restraining order is - how well it works. (not) These things would show common sense, many intelligent people lack that.

61mouse
61mouse

It'll be interesting how many fee NYS in the first 6 months

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

F••king jackass liberal idiots!!! Everything they touch turns to shit!!

Mo_
Mo_

These criminals need to be released into the neighborhoods of every fool politician who is advocating for it.

ProfD
ProfD

Hey, asshole liberal illegal ass kissing democrat F---S, very simple way to solve the problem: Repeal this shit and shove any other ill conceived notions of yours up your collective asses.

BLUELIVESMATTERLOL
BLUELIVESMATTERLOL

Dummies who have posted in this blog.... The reform has nothing to do with psychiatric and mental individuals.... Therefore the reform will put her in the right institution, which is a mental facility for rehabilitation and/or monitoring...Not a jail cell... This change allows for individual reprimandation suited to the individual needs; not strictly and solely incarceration which is clearly not going to improve the thinking and learning.. Every outcome does not deserve incarceration. This reform will provide her the opportunity to get more 1 on 1 help and therapy. Under the traditional government she would be another statistic still needing psychological treatment and therapy. All you guys lack true knowledge. There are many forms of therapy, but jail isn't the only resolution. Hell they keep putting crooked cops in uniforms and back on the streets... that don't deserve it ....so what's the difference

Raymelson
Raymelson

New York is being destroyed from the inside