It’s time for the state budget negotiations, with all sorts of nonsense obscuring Problem #1: the urgent need for major fixes to the no-bail law and other botches criminal justice reforms. As we’ve said before, a late budget—even weeks late—is better than one that doesn’t get the job done.
If they don’t make the right corrections nowafter two previous attempts, it will take a voter revolution to force her hand.
Even Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 10-point criminal justice plan may not be enough. As a former Queens Attorney Jim Quinn notes for The Postit focuses too much on gun-related crimes and ignores violent offenders using knives or other weapons.
New York judges must be given the powers that the other 49 states allow: ordering jail time, all the way down, for offenders they deem dangerous or at high risk of recidivism to serial shoplifters. Unless a weapon is involved, Hochul’s “Fix” does not allow jail time for persons charged with attempted murder, rape, robbery, burglary, first, second, and third degree assault. grand theft, stalking or drug dealing, among hundreds of other crimes.
Part of the problem is clearly that the government doesn’t want to insult lawmakers by saying they screwed up. So she “defends” her plan with a “Daily News” section. this is acting like it was just the pandemic that caused this Biennial crime wave.
Bull: While ongoing “anti-law enforcement” has skyrocketed crime across the country, New York needs to focus on the mistakes that did the damage here.
Even their analysis (which we disagree) shows a 2 percent increase in gun-related offenders being charged and released from 2019 to 2021, only to be re-arrested for a different crime, and a 4 percent increase when the offender was already open was criminal charges. That means thousands of Added crime victims who have not had to be injured, killed, or otherwise harassed — except for the no bail law.
Ironically, Hochul quotes increased gang violence as drivers of crime – while denying that New York’s “reforms” had anything to do with it. To give just one example: having gang leaders exploited Raise the Age Reform to recruit baby gangster Carrying guns and committing crimes because juveniles can almost never be brought before a criminal court.
But the leaders of the legislature refuse to admit their guilt. You keep citing false studies when Quinn also showed that without bail, 43% of offenders who had a criminal record or pending case when arrested for a felony were re-arrested while that new case was pending.
People like City Comptrollers Brad Lander plays statistical games to pretend it’s only 4%. But even Lander’s study shows that the number of cases in which city judges have set bail fell from 24,657 in 2019 to 14,545 cases in 2021.
“Reformers” pretend that those 10,000 “extra” releases were all innocent. In fact, they are overwhelmingly dangerous repeat offenders.
This is what the public understands: Found the latest Siena poll that 56% of voters nationwide believe the 2019 bail reform was bad for New York, versus just 30% who say it was a good policy.
And a staggering 82% said judges should be given more powers to release more defendants on bail, while just 11% opposed it.
Hochul and the Legislature can play games with the crime statistics, but those of public opinion will – and should – burn them badly this November if they don’t do their jobs and really fix these insane laws.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/new-yorks-crunch-time-to-finally-fix-criminal-justice/ New York’s time of crisis to finally improve criminal justice