Bail reform ‘throws us back a decade’

A former senior NYPD official said Sunday that state lawmakers “throw us back a decade” by dropping a “nuclear bomb” on the criminal justice system with their 2019 bail reform legislation.

Former Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller has criticized the government’s bail reform measures as “all ideology over common sense” and said the laws were pushed by “lawyers for people who commit crimes”.

Miller, who retired from the NYPD a few weeks ago after nearly a decade there, told radio station’s Cats Roundtable that violent crime was at its lowest in 2018 and 2019 — before bail reform passed in Albany.

“And then you saw crime start to go up and it really set us back a decade in terms of shootings and homicides, which is a shame,” Miller told AM 770 host John Catsimatidis. “It’s like you’ve cured a disease and then the hospital takes away the vaccine.”

Miller said state lawmakers “took literally every proposal that had been sitting on the shelf that they couldn’t pass because people with common sense wouldn’t let them, they blew the dust off them and passed them all at once.” “

Critics of bail reform, including NYC Mayor Eric Adams, have blasted laws that let repeat offenders back on the streets and do not detain people charged with violent crimes before trial.

Gov. Kathy Hochul has suggested the judges are to blame for the ongoing spate of violence.

“[Legislators] clenched [the reforms] packed into a household bill and then smuggled it out in the middle of the night. And we’ve suffered from it ever since,” Miller said. “I don’t think anyone bothered to read them. I think it was all ideology over common sense.

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“And I think the criminal justice system is a complex ecosystem where you can make changes and you can make adjustments and there’s meaningful reform in there,” he said. “But you can’t do it all at once and drop it like a nuclear bomb on a complicated system and not expect turbulence.

“District attorneys don’t like that. Judges don’t like that. Cops don’t like that. And the citizens don’t like that. So there’s one universe left – the proponents – who think it’s great. They are advocates for people who commit crimes who get into the system,” he said. “And where are the advocates for everyone else?” Bail reform ‘throws us back a decade’


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