New York’s recent bail reform policy continues being a fantastic policy – for alleged criminals.
New York’s new bail reform eliminated cash bail for 90 percent of criminal cases, enabling defendants to await trial at home. And in the case of those burning New York City to the ground, it will be close to all of them.
According to Breitbart:
More than 400 looters arrested in New York City, New York, riots this week will be immediately freed from jail thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) “bail reform” policy that eliminated bail for many nonviolent and violent crimes.
As riots rage on in New York City — and Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to deploy the U.S. National Guard — hundreds of looters arrested for burglarizing shops and stores are set to be immediately freed back onto the streets.
The New York Times noted that more than 400 people in New York City have been arrested for looting commercial businesses. Almost all of them will likely be released from jail immediately after their arraignments in court.
Cuomo’s bail reform law, implemented at the beginning of the year, eliminated bail for a number of nonviolent and violent crimes — including for suspects accused of second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide, and about 100 other crimes.
Those arrested for looting are likely to be charged with 3rd-degree burglary of a commercial building, a class D felony that no longer requires the suspect to pay any bail to be released from police custody.
In just the first two months of the year, the NYPD released statistics showing that nearly 500 suspects who would’ve otherwise been in jail awaiting trial committed an additional 846 crimes they wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to commit. Nearly 300 of those crimes included murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto.
So bail reform is off to a bad start – and it’s getting even worse by the day.
Interestingly enough, none of these rioters seem to be getting fined for violating social distancing measures, unlike the owners of the businesses they’re burning down.