The state’s new bail law is emptying out the city’s jails and putting unrepentant inmates back on the streets, but officials appear loathe to roll back any of the reforms.
Department of Correction statistics show there were a total of 5,569 people in city jails on Thursday, a 19% drop from the 6,877 counted on Nov. 21.
That’s around the time that city judges began releasing defendants ahead of the controversial law that officially went into effect on Jan. 1.
Despite freed defendants getting busted for more alleged crimes — including accused bank robber Gerod Woodberry and alleged anti-Semitic slapper Tiffany Harris — Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t mention bail reform during his annual State of the State Address and legislative leaders aren’t making any moves to change the law.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) has said he’s “ready to let the law continue the way it is” and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said, “I want to be able to sort out the fact from fearmongering.”
Newly named Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Pulaski) expressed outrage.
“New York liberals’ pro-criminal platform now allows people to sucker-punch a police officer, rob five banks or kill someone with a car and just walk away with an appearance ticket,” he said. “It’s no wonder jail populations are going down.”
City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said Albany’s “progressive” lawmakers “need to act now.”
“They said nothing bad would happen,” he said.
Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy said: “These people are innocent until proven guilty.”
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