New York’s eight House Republicans slammed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to tighten up the controversial no-cash bail law as insufficient to curb crime, and as a substitute referred to as for a whole repeal of the coverage.
“We write today to express serious concern that your 10-point plan to make changes to the bail laws in New York State falls dangerously short of what is needed to keep New Yorkers safe. Any proposal that does not completely reverse the bail reform policies that took effect in January 2020 would be a serious failure on the part of your administration,” stated a letter despatched to Hochul by upstate GOP Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
The letter was co-signed by seven different GOP House members, together with Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island and Lee Zeldin, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor.
The House members blamed the “disastrous” cashless bail law for New York’s spike in crime.
Bail reform, authorized by the Democratic-controlled legislature in 2019, eliminates money bail for defendants charged with most misdemeanor and non-violent felony crimes pending trial. In sum, the defendants are robotically launched pending decision of their
Hochul is getting hit from the progressive left as properly as the law-and-order proper.
Democrats who championed the law — together with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) — stated poor individuals shouldn’t be jailed simply because they will’t afford to submit bail. And they argue the restricted information so far doesn’t show the bail law is a giant driver of crime or justify the necessity for adjustments.
Hochul initially opposed adjustments to the bail law. But as The Post just lately reported, she then submitted a ten-point public security plan to legislators that features making extra crimes bail eligible — amongst them serial repeat offenders and gun-related offenses for possession and trafficking. The proposal mirrors adjustments sought by Mayor Eric Adams.
“New York State is facing a historic crime wave as a result of the state’s disastrous bail reform policies. New York City’s crime rate has increased nearly 60% over last year, including historic numbers of murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Specifically, there has been a 54% increase in robberies, a 56% increase in grand larceny incidents, a 22% increase in rapes, a 10% increase in murders, and a 1.3% increase in shooting incidents as compared to 2021,” the House Republicans stated.
They additionally cited the homicide of law enforcement officials Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, whereas responding to a home violence dispute. They had been shot and killed by a person “with several prior arrests, including assaulting a police officer,” the congress members stated.
“Days after these tragedies, you said, `I will absolutely stand behind the fundamental premise on why we needed bail reform in the first place.’ We sincerely hope this is no longer the case,” Stefanik and her colleagues stated.
“Among the most reckless parts of the bail reform law were the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges and expanded options for pretrial release conditions,” the GOP lawmakers stated.
The letter cites figures saying extra offenders launched pending trial had been rearrested for felony crimes submit bail reform than in 2018.
“The state’s bail reform additionally refused to handle the hazard a person poses to the group earlier than releasing them. Therefore, New York stays the one state not to think about dangerousness in bail selections.
“Any proposal that fails to repeal the entire bail reform and enact a `dangerousness standard’ that allows judges to thoroughly consider public safety when making bail or pretrial release decisions is unacceptable,” the GOP lawmakers stated.
Hochul just lately defended her plan, which additionally requires harder enforcement for unlawful weapons, adjustments in trial discovery necessities for prosecutors and extra psychological well being funding and remedy as properly as amending a law to make it simpler to get mentally unwell individuals off the streets.
“Every one of the 10 points I put forward is a balanced, reasonable approach that continues to respect the rights of the accused. As I’ve said and as I’ve written, this is not about undoing bail reform — it’s about finding areas we can strengthen it,” the governor stated final Friday.