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New York’s so-called criminal justice reform laws went into effect on New Year’s Day.
Offenders found in possession of a wide array of weapons – including guns, switchblades, swords, machetes, and stun guns – will now be issued a “desk appearance ticket” and “set free,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) pointed out in a Facebook post in December.
Lawmakers also eliminated cash bail for hundreds of other criminal charges, including stalking, arson, resisting arrest, money laundering in support of terrorism, rioting, vehicular assault, unlawful imprisonment, negligent homicide, and a slew of drug-related charges.
Criminal offenses against children, including child abuse, promoting child prostitution, facilitating female genital mutilation, and possessing or promoting a sexual performance by a child will also be treated with a mandatory release.
With a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes over the holiday, some Democrats are now rethinking the sweeping bail reform passed by both houses of the state legislature last year.
The change eliminates cash bail for those accused of committing a litany of misdemeanors and felonies, including many nonviolent hate crimes.
"Where I think there is real agreement is that the bail reform law needs to be amended," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio met with Jewish leaders in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon. He has so far rejected calls from the community to declare an emergency, but he did seem to embrace the position that bail reform may have taken place a bit too hastily, and without enough community input.
"There is a chance now for the legislature to get it right," de Blasio told Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Thursday. “They did some very good reforms, but there are also things that need to be done, particularly empowering judges to determine if someone poses a threat to the surrounding community."
"There is a chance now for the legislature to get it right,"
originally posted by: 2ndTenor
There are few jobs paying reformed felons a living wage, even fewer which hire felons at all in NY unless it is Finance...Social services cut up more of the tax pie each time a new social service is implimented. A reformed Felon to Stay living in New York, has to find and secure a needle in a haystack. That is by Design...If it is unsustainable, Prisons are full...
quote]originally posted by: M5xaz
a reply to: shawmanfromny
There never was "criminalization of poverty".
"Bail" is standard judicial procedure for criminal offenses.
There is no need to steal - get off your ass and work.
Criminals want goods and assets WITHOUT working - LAZY
....and, they want to emulate the "gang and gun and 'ho" "culture" of rap music.
There is a grave need for societal CULTURE reform, not justice system reform.
Do stupid crime, get stupid time.
Leave the bastards in prison to rot - cry me a river.