NYC Mayor Admits Bail Reform Responsible For City's Skyrocketing Crime Rates

Sandy Malone

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has admitted a connection between bail reform laws and the city's crime rates.

New York, NY – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday acknowledged the connection between the city’s skyrocketing crime rate and the state’s new bail reform laws that put all but the most violent offenders immediately back out on the streets.

De Blasio was a big supporter of passing the new law that did away with cash bail as of Jan. 1 but now he’s found himself in the crosshairs after the result was exactly what law enforcement predicted, the New York Post reported.

He spent the first few weeks of 2020 dodging questions about the immediate effects of eliminating cash bail before he could no longer avoid the topic and admitted there was a problem.

But it's impossible to ignore the fact that shootings are up almost 29 percent, robberies are up almost 37 percent, and auto thefts are up by almost 72 percent, WCBS reported.

“We saw things emanating from this law starting [to] take effect months ago and obviously now it’s in full effect. But the bottom line is, one, we’ve been 100 percent clear and we are unified on what we feel. Two, we want to act on this productively,” de Blasio claimed a few days earlier. “We’re in dialogue with leaders in Albany about those concerns, and we want to move forward. In the meantime, this police force can handle anything thrown at them.”

But by Feb. 7, the optics were such that even the mayor had to admit defeat.

“We had, for six years, steady decreases in crime across the board. There’s not a whole lot of other environmental things that have changed recently,” the mayor said. “It sort of stands out like a sore thumb that this is the single biggest new thing in the equation and we saw an extraordinary jump.”

“Of course there’s always a possibility this is plain statistical variation, that happens sometimes,” he added. “But I think it’s pretty clear that there’s only one new major piece in the equation.”

De Blasio has said he supported giving judges more authority to hold offenders in jail if they are deemed a threat to the public, the New York Post reported.

“I think judicial discretion should be clarified so that there are very clear checks and balances, so that we avoid any inkling of bias entering into the process, but I think a system predicated only on the question of flight risk misses the fact that there are some individuals who are just consistently, by their own actions, and by the proof of due process, consistently creat[ing] a threat to their neighbors,” the mayor said.

Critics of the new bail reform laws have pointed to multiple incidents of further crimes that were committed after someone who previously would have been held in jail on bail was dropped right back onto the streets the next day.

One man with three prior drunk driving convictions, who killed a 27-year-old man on Jan. 12 while driving “more than 135 miles per hour,” bragged when he was arrested that he would be released without bail the next day under New York’s new bail reform laws because the crash was “just a DWI.”

He was right.

A woman was arrested three times in five days only to re-offend on each occasion and physically assault additional people.

Republican state lawmakers have tried to get the Democratically-held state house to commit to revising the new bail reform laws but they refused.

One Long Island judge tried to hold a defendant he called “a menace to society” only to have a higher court overturn his decision and set the repeat offender free.

Comments (29)
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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Careful what you wish for...

ElleD
ElleD

I cannot imagine how the loved ones of the people who died because of your incompetence feel. You do not deserve to be in any office that is suppose to serve the citizens.

lauraaz
lauraaz

I swear that the Democrats, or whoever is whispering in their ear about no bail, no prosecution of misdemeanors, blaming the police instead of the criminals, is trying to destroy the quality of life in this country. I don't know why they would do this except to get the people very angry and maybe try to blame Trump, or forment violence and revolution, to which they rush in and take over in the name of law and order. Either way, this is dangerous and needs to be stopped.

zipper22
zipper22

Just another dumb fucking NY'er who thinks he knows better than everyone else. Burn baby, burn....

I_Stand_With_Police
I_Stand_With_Police

All thanks to the money hungry whore's of Soros, the corrupt Como and shit for brains Bill de Blasio who keep selling their people out for money. Police are in danger but they will get to the point of taking matters into their own hands and I can't wait for that day to come! Retribution baby will replace Reparations!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Who gives a flying shit if he admits it wow he’s a goddamn rocket scientist do you want to do something how about changing what the hell you did your idiot how about making it right or all the people who you have caused harm to any deaths were for nothing piece of shit he’s the one who should be in jail and everyone who has been hurt by his BS or killed should be suing his ass

Gatsby666
Gatsby666

There has got to be some way of holding these politicians accountable for the crimes these repeat offenders commit. Is there a case for culpable negligence? At least in a civil court?

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Well Mayor Bill deBozo, change the damn thing back then you idiot!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Your an asshole along with the other satan disciple Cuomo!!!

Again the demo rats spew fear , crime, violence , discord and LIES to get and hold on to power &$$$$

COMMON SENSE dictates you let the animals out they will attack again!!

And you state “ NYPD can handle anything thrown at them!!!”

WTF????

What about those brave men and women of the NYPD!!!

What about the VICTIMS !!!!!

Can they “ handle whatever is thrown at them??””

CANT FIX STUPID!!!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Liberalism is a mental disorder

Anomie88
Anomie88

The first step in overcoming your mental disorder is to admit you have a problem. Good job Mr. Mayor, now do something about it.

flybynight
flybynight

Well I see the site apologist trolls/excuse makers are shying away from this one as well. Figures.

Stanracer
Stanracer

As was predicted by many.🤔

ronsboys
ronsboys

No kidding DeBlasio. Enact laws against good advice that together with strict gun laws has really been effective. NOT!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

This is a "No shit, Sherlock" conclusion. Everyone but the asshats in NY government knew this would happen and it did. Add to this the requirement to divulge names of witnesses to criminals and this has become a bloodbath.

JCRPI
JCRPI

Just another chapter in the "don't listen to the street cops" WE know better" book of miserable failures in NYC.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Noooooooo shit!

Marine.001
Marine.001

Ah dah

PPO7150
PPO7150

You all forget, that its the Moronic, Idiots of especially New York City that put these Politicians in Office, so STOP BLAMING CUOMO, AND SHIT FOR BRAIN DE BLASIO, THE STATE OF NEW YORK HAVE EXACTLY THE LEADERS THEY DESERVE!!! The voted for these DEMOCRATIC, SOCIALIST PIECE OF SHITS, AND NOW THEY SEE WHAT IT IS TO LIVE UNDER A SOCIALIST STATE, JUST FOR STARTERS!...NEW YORKERS, CHANGE YOUR WAY, OR FACE DESTRUCTION AT YOUR DOOR!!

melrmc13
melrmc13

As much as I dislike De Blasio and his policies, this one is on the NY State Legislature, to be honest. The decision most likely came from politicians in and near NYC, as I understand the rest of New York state tends to be less liberal. Sad for thinking New Yorkers, to be sure.

DR226
DR226

Only one month in and already these asshat politicians in NY know they screwed up with their stupid bail reforms. They need all the votes they can get by keeping the criminals on the streets. In NYC the city administrators are also to blame.


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