Criminal justice reform. It really will kill you.
The term “criminal justice reform” is a lie. And like it, “cashless bail” isn’t actually bail. And the only thing it reforms is putting bad guys on the street.
Here’s what that looks like in New York.
In Harlem, a man who allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk was released without bail because of the new state law that ends cash bail for misdemeanors and many non-violent felonies.
In Rochester, a man convicted a decade ago of shooting a Rochester police officer was released on new drug charges without bail.
And in Poughkeepsie, a man once convicted of manslaughter was set to be freed on new charges of felony aggravated DWI as he awaits trial, the district attorney said.
Across New York, law-enforcement officials are deriding a new law that took effect Jan. 1 that limits the use of cash bail, saying dangerous people are being let out as they await the adjudication of their cases.
But it does produce exciting new excuses for murder.
In the Albany manslaughter case, lawyers said the man was in a consensual relationship with the woman, and he accidentally stabbed her while trying to cut a belt from her neck, the Times Union reported.
Was the stabbing also consensual?
How badly is this criminal justice reform disaster backfiring? That there are calls from New York’s top pols to reform the insane law.
But the daily drumbeat of news stories about the release of inmates from county jails and new cases leading simply to appearance tickets for those accused of serious crimes has some supporters of the law saying it needs to be readdressed.
“I think there is real agreement is that the bail reform law needs to be amended,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
But the defenses of it also go on.
“The law went into legal effect two days ago to fix a broken justice system which favored the rich and criminalized poverty by incarcerating those awaiting trail based on whether or not you can afford to pay bail,” Rich Azzopardi, senior advisor to Cuomo, said.
“The system’s reforms are no doubt a work in progress — which we will be discussing this session.”
If you want to fix that disparity, then just end bail for crimes against persons. Period.
Instead, as usual, criminal justice reform is just calculated to put more criminals on the street while using the same old class warfare arguments.