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Bail Reform

In memory of the victims and in hopes of avoiding future tragedy, this page is dedicated to telling the truth about bail reform

 On April 1, 2019, New York State Democrats passed sweeping criminal justice legislation that eliminated cash bail and pretrial detention for nearly all misdemeanor and many felony cases.  These changes removed the ability of judges to hold criminals pre-trial even when they were likely to go out and commit more crimes, also known as recidivism. 

recidivism

noun

  1. The repeating of or returning to criminal behavior by the same offender or type of offender.
  2. Relapse into crime; the conduct or condition of a recidivist.
  3. The state or quality of being recidivous; relapse

The result was a devastating increase in violent crime in New York State.  Once criminals became aware there was no way to stop them from committing the same crimes repeatedly, they began to act with impunity.  As law enforcement officers, it's become common to arrest someone and have them released before you finish your paperwork. Horror story after horror story has ensued.  Criminals who should have been held pre-trial have been free to commit anything from petty crimes to murder.  Unfortunately, criminals have taken full advantage of the get-out-of-jail-free card issued by the NYS Democrats and the victims keep piling-up.  

Here's a story about a man named Cuomo and his Bail Reform Bunch. This isn't a comedy, it's a tragedy. 

Meet the cast.

Governor Kathy Hochul                         Ex-Governor Cuomo

Senator James Gaughran                     Senator Todd Kaminsky

Senator John Brooks                            Senator Anna Kaplan

Senator Kevin Thomas                         Ex-Senator Martinez      

                         Vote them out!



On Wednesday, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) quietly dropped a bombshell. For months, the state has avoided releasing much-needed data on individuals who were arraigned in New York before lawmakers passed bail reform.
A violent man who destroyed property and threatened customers with an axe at a New York City McDonald’s over the weekend was released Sunday without bail. New York City McDonald’s Axe Attacker Released without Bail (yahoo.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin and representatives from the Detectives’ Endowment Association rallied in front of the 122nd Precinct in New Dorp Saturday afternoon, slamming bail reform and blaming former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov.
“It tells you that, at best, [bail reform was] not very well thought through, and at worst, it’s purposefully meant to be a pretzel instead of being very clear and straightforward,” the source said
This week’s words of wisdom on violent crime came from an elderly man who had just been sliced through the skull with a machete. “I would suggest she needs to be examined by a doctor,” 82-year-old Hubert Meulens calmly told The Post Wednesday from his hospital bed, speaking of the woman who had just attacked him on a Lower Manhattan street.
Virginia resident Tamiyah Thomas — visiting relatives along with her twin 15-year-old sisters — was struck in the head, with the round grazing her skull but miraculously not penetrating it. https://nypost.
NYC has faced an endless wave of crime ever since the state enacted a radical bail law that made it near impossible to hold most offenders behind bars while they await trial/sentencing. It hasn’t helped that the city is stocked with left-wing prosecutors who believe in going soft on crime.
"The last straw for me was the fight in the Bronx where the guy got sucker-punched. It revealed two problems," said New Era Democrats President John Orlando, "One was the bail reform, the second is parolees. The gentleman was on parole. Why was he released? Some New York Democrats move away from Hochul as crime surges: 'Dragging down the state' (msn.
In the latest case, 28-year-old Jesus Ramirez was accused of stabbing 48-year-old Guarionex Torres to death during a fight — caught on camera — outside the Port Authority subway Friday. But by Saturday, Ramirez was out, having put down just 10% of the $100,000 bail set for him.  https://nypost.
Jesus Ramirez, 28, was freed from Rikers Island Saturday, the same day he was arraigned before Acting Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Adams on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Post reported. Man Who 'Mutilated' Victim In NYC Freed By Paying Just 10% Of Bail (ibtimes.
A fatal shooting. A 14-year-old suspect. $50,000 bail. And more questions about bail reform | Crime News | buffalonews.
The suspect accused of randomly sucker-punching a man in the head in the Bronx and leaving him in critical condition was released from jail on Thursday. Suspect released without bail after Bronx sucker-punch attack (fox5ny.
Fox News contributor Ted Williams warned that the streets of New York are not safe after a suspect who was caught on camera sucker punching a man in the Bronx was released without bail.
Retired NYPD Lieutenant Joe Cardinale criticizes Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, and other soft-on-crime politicians for pushing defund the police movement and failing to keep cities safe. Refusal to prosecute, bail reform 'perfect recipe for disaster': Retired NYPD lieutenant (yahoo.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman presented the crime report at a press conference in East Meadow, calling on state legislators to change “woke” bail reform laws, which he and other local officials and community members slammed as “unacceptable.
"We are experiencing this pandemic solely because of the laws that have been promulgated in Albany and foisted upon us that make us less safe," Blakeman says. "Woke, progressive-like bail reform and 'raise the age' are making us all less safe." Blakeman releases Nassau's bail reform crime report amid statewide 'crime pandemic' (news12.
A new report from the Manhattan Institute shows how the bail-reform law of 2019 and other progressive crime policies have wreaked havoc on the Big Apple. The report, authored by Jim Quinn, the former executive assistant district attorney in Queens County, sums up the impact in its title, “More Criminals, More Crime.
I served in the State Senate when New York State’s bail reform laws were passed. I was amazed by how my Democratic colleagues ignored pleas from law enforcement, judges and even Democratic district attorneys that what they were passing would undermine the rule of law. Another Voice: New York legislators need to start over with bail reform laws | Opinion | buffalonews.
Too often in New York today, serial offenders aren’t facing swift and sure consequences from prosecutors and the courts. A rough July in which crime kept increasing and alarming new data on rising recidivism rates released this week by the NYPD confirm that.
It isn’t just the Big Apple that’s being hammered by violent crime thanks to bail reform — increased gunfire is riddling upstate cities, state figures show, with residents grieving the loss of slain loved ones and fearful to venture out on the streets after dark. Upstate NY residents say bail reform fuels crime there, too (nypost.
Teen charged in fight with cop was sprung without bail days earlier (nypost.
He’s been arrested on the following charges so far in 2022: Harassment 2nd Criminal Mischief 4th Criminal Tampering 3rd Resisting Arrest Criminal Trespass3rd Petit Larceny•Trespass Menacing 3rd Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 3rddegree Reckless Driving Numerous Vehicle and Traffic Violations
The slew of commercial burglaries over the past few weeks in Ithaca has frustrated local business owners.  Two business owners say the same suspect robbed both their stores, yet the individual continues to be set free due to New York’s bail reform laws.
An accused serial shoplifter with 122 prior arrests was released again under New York state’s bail reform law despite even liberal Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office wanting him to remain in custody, according to a report
In 2020, New York state rolled out new criminal justice reform laws that eliminated cash bail and expanded pretrial release for several misdemeanor and felony charges. Since that time, thousands of violent criminal defendants have been released back on to our streets, free to wreak havoc in our communities. https://www.washingtonexaminer.
Gov. Kathy Hochul had a rare opportunity to fix New York’s broken bail laws. Instead, she chose to build a football stadium with a billion dollars in taxpayer money.
Police say Edison Cruz of the Bronx has been trying hard to go to jail, which is not easy to do in New York City. He kept getting arrested and they kept letting him go and, so really, what’s an up-and-coming convict to do? Kill somebody, police say. And shoot two innocent bystanders.
New Yorkers overwhelmingly support changes made to bail reform in the recently passed state budget – but only about a third believe it will help drive down crime, according to a new wide-ranging survey released Monday.
"The issues are very insignificant. Very limited," says State Sen. Anthony Palumbo, from New Suffolk. He says the changes to the current laws will not prevent repeat offenders, especially if judges can't determine a so-called "dangerousness standard" for newly arrested defendants who pose a risk to the public.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie strongly oppose giving judges more discretion to order bail or jail for defendants they deem dangerous, on the grounds that New York judges are racists. And that claim is even more ridiculous than it seems.
By a 56-30% margin, voters say the law has not been good for New York. In January 2020, voters thought the law was bad, 49-37%. Immediately after its passage, in April 2019, voters thought the law would be good for New York by a 55-38% margin.
State Senator Alexis Weik and her Senate Republican colleagues today joined with the father of a hero firefighter and members of law enforcement to call for changes to the state’s failing bailing laws.
State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Tuesday tried to foist some of the blame for Albany refusing to tighten its lax bail reform laws onto Gov. Kathy Hochul, saying the governor is clearly in Stewart-Cousins’ camp on the matter.
New York State’s bail reform law — which has allowed dangerous criminals back on the streets — “absolutely” needs to change, NYPD’s top cop said in a new interview
Since New York state reformed its bail system three years ago, fewer are staying in the Chautauqua County Jail. But that doesn’t mean its resulted in savings to county taxpayers.
Every woman or girl knows what this is like: Some stranger comes up to you and tries to talk to you. Do you entirely ignore him, and risk angering him? Or do you engage as minimally as possible, and try to find a way out of the interaction.
Oh, sure, having fresh human feces smeared all over your face isn’t like being slashed, shot or shoved in front of a moving train. It’s just revolting beyond belief and more evidence that New York has lost the will to defend its institutions, its people and its future.
Another day ending in “y,” another example of just how insane New York criminal justice has grown: On Tuesday, Frank Abrokwa, ID’d as the perp who smeared human feces on a straphanger’s face last week, got sprung again.
The career criminal charged in the Bronx feces attack bragged on social media about getting out of jail with no bail and boasted that he’d shoot anything he could get his “f—king hands on.”
He was freed Tuesday night in the Bronx feces attack because the charges are also not bail-eligible — even despite prosecutors’ request that he be held on $15,000 bond or $5,000 cash. https://nypost.
The sicko who allegedly smashed his own feces in a Bronx straphanger’s face joked with cops that “s–t happens” before sneering to a Bronx judge, “F–k you, bitch.”
Frank Abrokwa, 37, has been arrested more than 20 times since 1999, including on Feb. 5, when he allegedly slugged a man in the face at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, according to cops and a criminal complaint. https://nypost.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin said he will repeal cashless bail reform if elected Governor of New York. Zeldin, a congressman representing eastern Long Island, said Governor Kathy Hochul has been silent on the issue. https://www.wshu.
Seven Police Officers Shot In The US Over The Last 48 Hours Suffolk PBA President Noel DiGerolamo speaks about the rising violence in New York State and the devastating effects of bail reform.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman issued an executive order on Wednesday requiring the county’s police department to publish a daily report including the names of individuals arrested, their criminal case data and bail status. https://nypost.
The alleged serial burglar who’s taken full advantage of the state’s “great” bail reform laws by knocking over a slew of Big Apple businesses has landed back in custody, police said Wednesday.
ALBANY — Efforts to reform New York's controversial bail laws have received a icy reception from Democrats who control the state Legislature amid pressure by Republicans and New York City Mayor Eric Adams to revisit the matter during this year's legislative session.https://www.politico.
https://news.yahoo.com/nyc-bail-reform-beneficiaries-rearrested-211611027.
https://www.thedailystar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/in-your-opinion-bail-reform-has-caused-many-problems/article_4fd46fe2-da88-5084-ba4d-b45fbcaf8e76.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10284331/Homeless-NYC-suspect-charged-beating-man-freed-assault-two-women.
Man who stabbed, pushed victim onto subway tracks arrested twice this year for stabbings: NYPD (msn.
New York’s “bail reform” leads to spate of violent crimes by repeat offenders in NY. https://www.lawenforcementtoday.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Says His Office Won’t Prosecute Fare Evasion, Resisting Arrest, Prostitution And More Without An Accompanying Felony Charge https://newyork.cbslocal.
Prosecutors want to give judges more latitude. https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/local_news/ny-das-rip-bail-reform/article_af4d1219-0697-5940-9a44-516193dbb17a.



Page Last Updated: Sep 28, 2022 (10:59:00)
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