Thursday, November 7, 2019
Mayor de Blasio has a quid pro quo policy for criminals to return to court
There’s controversy ahead over new criminal justice reforms.
Cash bail will be eliminated Jan. 1 for hundreds of offenses, and some defendants could be let out earlier and given rewards to get them to show up to court, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Monday.
State judges will no longer require cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies like selling drugs or burglarizing a home, and the state says nearly 900 city residents in jail now will be released starting mid-December.
Bail bondsman Ira Judelson said he’s already seeing fewer arrests.
“We’re going to have a major public safety issue on our hands,” he said. “It’s basically like going to school without a principal, without guidance counselors, without teachers and let students be in school and say ‘fend for yourself.'”
Republican Assemblyman Mike LiPetri said he expects around 500 inmates on Long Island to be freed.
“This is a travesty of justice,” said LiPetri. “These are criminals in our communities who have solicited sex from children. These are criminals who solicited drugs in our neighborhoods such as heroin, opioids, fentanyl.”
A law enforcement source told CBS2 a city program will offer those released incentives meant to encourage them to show up in court such as Mets baseball tickets, a subway pass or a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.
A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CBS2 he expects the reforms to be implemented appropriately, however the governor’s office doesn’t have any involvement with the city’s rewards program.
On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio came to the defense of a city program that critics say will reward criminal behavior.
The incentive program would give accused criminals – being released from jail under the city’s new cashless bail policy – things like New York Mets tickets and gift cards for showing up to court.
New York City will be ringing in the New Year with a new set of criminal justice reforms to combat overcrowded jails.
About 900 accused criminals are expected to be released in January 2020. The city will be rewarding them with Mets tickets, movie passes, and store gift cards for making their scheduled court appearances.
Critics say the program rewards criminal behavior, but de Blasio is optimistic the plan will work.
“In a world where we want speedier trials and we want the justice system to work, if small incentives are part of what actually makes it work than that’s a smart policy.
Starting Jan. 1, the bail reform policy eliminates cash bail and pre-trial detention for misdemeanors and most low level felonies – with exceptions like murder conspiracy, domestic violence cases, and sex crimes.
How about this new Police Commissioner? Total flack. Something very, very rotten is going on here and it looks like it's all tied to the Rikers shutdown.