NYC Will Start Bribing Criminals To Show Up To Court

"If small incentives are part of what actually makes it work, then that’s a smart policy,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

New York, NY – The city of New York plans to hand out gift cards and Mets baseball tickets to offenders as an incentive to get them to show up to their scheduled court hearings.

In addition to early jail releases and eliminating cash bail for hundreds of criminal charges, the city will begin bestowing gifts on some offenders as part of a rewards program, WCBS reported.

As many as 900 inmates are expected to walk out of jail beginning in December. The city’s so-called criminal justice reforms go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to WCBS.

Offenders will be released without cash bail for most misdemeanor charges and multiple felonies, including criminally negligent homicide, drug sales, aggravated assault on a child, and burglary, the New York Post reported.

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.

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 Police Commissioner James O’Neill has repeatedly expressed his concerns about eliminating cash bail, WCBS reported.

“We need to make sure there are consequences for criminal behavior,” Commissioner O’Neill said. “I have real concerns.”

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.”

On Monday, Cuomo claimed he had no knowledge about the state Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) plan to release nearly 1,000 inmates beginning in December.

“We have no knowledge of either OCA or the city’s plan regarding early releases in their local jail system,’’ the governor’s spokesperson, Jason Conwall told the New York Post. “The legislature passed, and the governor signed, landmark criminal-justice reforms last year, and we expect them to be implemented appropriately and effectively.”

Conwall refused to comment regarding whether or not Cuomo supports the rewards programs and early jail releases.

Critics said they found it hard to believe that Cuomo – who appointed the OCA’s chief justice – had no idea about the releases.

“Who appointed the head of OCA?” State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb asked the New York Post. “It’s hard to imagine someone who once claimed ‘I am the government’ isn’t aware of what state agencies are doing.”

Comments (55)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

I suppose the highest level felons receive the biggest gift! Stupid ass shit! Only a Dummycrat would come up with this kind of absurd bullshit! Way to go NY! Keep voting 'em in!

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

I believe the "early" releases that are mentioned in the article pertain to the folks who are currently incarcerated awaiting trial because they could not afford bail.

Cuomo should know this; he signed the bills...

JBo
JBo

“We have no knowledge of either OCA or the city’s plan regarding early releases in their local jail system,’’ the governor’s spokesperson, Jason Conwall told the New York Post.

I know nothing said Jason Conwall, AKA Sgt. Schultz.

VGC
VGC

The scum in these filthy politicians is now worse than when the Mob ran that shthole of a city. The people of Chicago are the stupidest people in the country. they are led around by a ring in their nose. How in hell can they not see these demorats are their enemy!!!

walkintall
walkintall

Just when you think it can't possibly get any dumber.....Pass the Excedrin.

LEO0301
LEO0301

New York and California continue to battle it out as to who can pass the dumbest legislation. This latest one may put New York in first place. Come on California, surely you can come up with something equally as dumb.

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wallywoo3
wallywoo3

LMAO....Now California's governor has signed a bill to release murders and violent offenders AND other bills that allows them to serve on juries and on government committees ....next thing we know they will become 'CITIZENS OF THE YEAR" AND be allowed to become judges and police officers....AND MAYBE open Daycare Centers....

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

OH HELL they are ALREADY allowing TRANSGENDERS AND PROSTITUTES read stories to children...

LEO0301
LEO0301

Sounds like California isn't going to give New York the award.

sizzle937
sizzle937

I quit asking can democrats do anything dumber. They are up to the challenge

StevenF
StevenF

Even worse, they consider it a challenge.

Electric blue
Electric blue

Welcome to adult word, where you have to do stuff you don’t want to do like go to court. I didn’t get Mets tickets for goin to jury duty last time. Hand out bus or train vouchers if your worried about the financial costs of people getting to court. NYC does have issue with their CJ system, (The Kalief Browder documentary shows some of the glaring holes), but NO WHERE in the history of this country has coddling criminals ever been effective.

SARick
SARick

This will make tourists change their New Year's Eve plans. Bye bye tax revenue.

floridacop
floridacop

seriously, you are going to give them a reward prior to them making the right steps to fix the past. how stupid are you?

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

The "pod people" have taken over the New York government.

Aramovich
Aramovich

An interesting experiment to be sure. Glad they are there and I am here! It will be fun to watch. Maybe give people a chance at a new car if the appear, or lottery tickets?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The whole State is screwed. When I was a kid, the most liberal democrat would be considered conservative, by today's standards.

HH3
HH3

What’s the city’s plan for the victims???!!!!

How backwards can you be? Help the criminal and leave the victim to help themselves!

Sad state of affairs for our country.

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reverett456117502
reverett456117502

NYC better wise up and ger rid of Bill de Clown Basio as quick as possible!!! He's one of the worst excuses for a Mayor EVER! Can you imagine, this mental giant wanted to be President? I cannot fathom what wonderful "treat" will be next for the citizens of NYC? Perhaps he could just start paying them somehow to stay out of trouble? What a complete MORON! He, AOC, and the Squad should all be forced to live together somewhere away from mankind!

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

One more item in the catalog of reasons I am running from New York . . . left the City years ago and soon will bid adieu to the whole corrupt stinking State!

copdad
copdad

It is time to start suing the state of NY for its failures. If one these fine citizens who are released and do a crime in any other state then sue the state they come from!

Mrdan
Mrdan

Instead of worrying about impeaching Trump somebody ought to impeach this moron , it's pretty sad when the police force turns their backs on you when you get up to speak NYC stands for "now yours criminals"

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? Really?? How much more coddling of criminals are you liberal lowlifes going to do?? These scumbags already have more rights than victims and law abiding citizens!! And now you want to give them a prize for showing up to court??? You mother f••king retards!!!

JBo
JBo

Maybe if a shoplifter steals $100 worth of stuff from Macy's, the city will give them a $200 gift card to Macy's to show up in court.

Sargejh
Sargejh

You can educate ignorance. But you can’t fix stupid>DeBlasio

RichM
RichM

This is soooo stupid.....You get them to appear in court by setting bail...DUH..The incentive is you loose your bail money if you are a no show. If you can't make bail you will receive free transportation to court... this is sooooooo stupid.

Stanracer
Stanracer

deBlasio has finally lost it completely.😝👎

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

To reduce FTA's in my community, a person was hired to text, email and call criminals to remind them of their upcoming court appearances.....That encourages responsibility????

Motor141
Motor141

The ignorance of the lefts ideology...IT WILL NOT WORK...DUMB REAL DUMB...😳!

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

"SMART POLICY" MY ASS.....if criminals do NOT show up for court ARREST THEIR ASSES...DON'T GIVE THEM GIFT CARDS AND MET'S TICKETS.... I'm just waiting for the NEXT headlines that reads..."CRIME RATE SKYROCKETS IN NEW YORK AS CRIMINALS STAND IN LINE WAITING FOR THEIR GIFT CARDS AND MET'S TICKETS" SMHLMAO!!!!!

Rocksmyth
Rocksmyth

What is going to happen to the bounty hunters? Are they going to be delivering gift cards and season tickets to the really bad offenders that wont show up and claim their free gifts. This is the most fu$#@! up law I have ever heard of.

Codeblue
Codeblue

Beyond stupid. Are you listening California?

amlee
amlee

You get what they you vote for NY....

amlee
amlee

Sugary drinks are OUTLAWS and Outlaws are given gifts. Bribes don't even work with kids. You end up rewarding bad behavior.

Louise S
Louise S

Thugs are committing violent crimes wearing gold chains and designer shoes and driving expensive cars...it's their 'culture' and giving them more free $ is going to stop them? Can't wait for Jan. 2020 NY sovereign city crime reports. ☻

MSK
MSK

If it’s a serious felony do you at least get an iPad? Maybe a laptop for a homicide? DeBlasio, SMFH.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

It's New York City...not Chicago. Read the story!

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Words of wisdom from DeCuckold.

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

I can't believe that ! You don't bribe ! You go after them. Short of help ?

Wish505
Wish505

LOL they will be selling these perks online for smokes and drugs. Stupid move.

MGZA
MGZA

I am a NYorker and I’m embarrassed by this...FML!!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

The politicians may as well steal the money because they have created absurd methods of throwing it away and this is one of them.

I thought free cell phones under Obama was ridiculous.