Albany got a new bail rule that proposes those arrested for low-level crimes or non-violent felonies out of jail until convicted after going through a trial.
On Sunday morning (11th August), the New York Department Deputy Commissioner John Miller called the new criminal justice reform “misguided.” He was on a session in “The Cats Roundtable” with John Catsimatidis as the host.
The NYPD top cop said, “Everybody who gets arrested for anything except for maybe murder and attempted murder is going to be released without having to pay anything at the arraignment.” He continued, “Before they enacted this law, 89% of people were being released at arraignment without having to bail anyway.
Now that’s probably going to go to 99%, which is going to be a problem because criminals are going to know at the time they have arrested I’m not risking to go to jail.”
This is a part of the $175.5 billion state budget deal and will go into effect from 1st of January, 2020. Also, as a part of the bill, both defense lawyers and prosecutors will have to share the evidence within a new period of three weeks after the arrest.
The Staten Island District Attorney, Michael McMahon concurred with John Miller and said, “The actions they have taken will put victims in danger, and I quite frankly do find the whole package unfathomable and outrageous.” He added, “Many people accused with violent crimes, serious felonies are going to be back on the street.”
The new bail reform is set to come into effect from early 2020.