It’s amazing that in the land of the free and home of the brave, we have more people in prison than any other country on the face of the earth. In the unjust prison system, we put people there which the Bible would never institute justice on or in such a manner. However, those such as murderers and child abusers, the biblical law and our founding fathers would have put to death. Not so in New York. Not only would they not receive the death penalty, but if accused, new bail reform would allow killers and child abusers will walk free.
While the Empire State claims that this is to help victims, here are some of the crimes people can be arrested for, provided a court date and then be set free.
The Patch reports:
Many of the crimes covered under the new bail reform legislation “are surprising to New York residents who do not find them to be ‘non-violent,'” the release said.
Some crimes included in the bail reform legislation include third degree assault; aggravated vehicular assault; aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old; criminally negligent homicide; aggravated vehicular homicide; second degree manslaughter; first degree unlawful imprisonment; first degree coercion; third and fourth degree arson; first degree grand larceny; criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds or criminal possession of a firearm; specified felony drug offenses involving the use of children, including the use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense and criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child; promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child; possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child; and promoting a sexual performance by a child.
In addition to the safety concerns of repeat offenders and potentially violent criminals walking the streets, the defendants impacted by the bail reform legislation, the release said, will never enter the correctional facility and avail themselves of the programs and services available while incarcerated in Suffolk County.
Feeling safer, New York? Feeling like justice is winking at you or has utterly turned its back on you?
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The Activist Mommy adds:
According to WSTM, prosecutors will have just 15 days from the time of arraignment to hand over all evidence pertaining to a case, including victim and witness information, to the defense. If prosecutors fail to meet the deadline, cases can simply be dismissed, Albany County District Attorney David Soares told the news outlet.
“’By the way, I have to provide your cell phone number to his lawyer in a few weeks.’ I don’t know how I’m going to have these conversations with a victim,” Soares said.
The reforms, touted by Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, are meant to mimic those passed recently in New Jersey. They fail, however, to note the fact that New Jersey’s bail reform maintained a key element: the discretion of the judge to consider public safety in determining whether or not an alleged perpetrator can be released without bail.
In New York, however, “judges will only have the power to set bail if they determine that a defendant is a flight risk,” a statement from State Senator Patrick Gallivan explained. “A defendant’s criminal history, or the fact that they may pose a clear physical threat to another person, cannot be considered, creating a system in which a violent offender is likely sent back into the community, unsupervised and able to come into contact with their victim, the victim’s loved ones, and others.”
With the reforms having been effective for two weeks now, re-offenders are making headlines virtually every single day.
According to the New York Post, Gerod Woodberry, who allegedly robbed four different Chase banks in New York City between December 30 and January 8, was allowed to walk free because he allegedly used handwritten notes, rather than a gun, to commit his crimes. “No New York jail can currently hold him, no matter how many times he strikes,” the Post notes.
“I can’t believe they let me out,” Woodberry said, according to sources reporting to the Post. “What were they thinking?”
Nicholas Jordan, of Fairport, was arrested on January 8 for menacing in the second degree, according to a Facebook post from the Fairport Police Department. Jordan “is alleged to have pointed a loaded shotgun at the victim and threatened to kill him,” FPD wrote. “Pursuant to the NYS Criminal Justice Reform laws, an appearance ticket was issued to the subject.”
Jordan “was re-arrested on the same day at 4:01pm (only 2 hours after his release) by the Fairport Police in assistance to the Macedon Police Department for his alleged continued efforts to threaten those involved in the prior incident that he was arrested for today in Fairport.”
Fairport Arrest FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:FAIRPORT, NYJanuary 8, 2020The Fairport Police Department reports the arrest…
Here’s the reality: Many of those who advanced this reform are the real criminals against the people by not dealing swiftly in the justice system because they are too busy being for-profit corporations fleecing the people for their hard-earned money with stupid non-criminal “laws” instead of dealing with actual criminals.
They are not showing mercy to the people, but to criminals.
Haven’t we learned that doesn’t work?
Apparently not, and New York is going to give it another shot.
Others agree with me.
“This is a reform—we use that term loosely here today, reform—we use this as a way to shift everything from the victims we’ve tried to protect over the years to the criminals,” said Waterloo Police Chief Jason Godley. “It’s not fair to the victims.”
“When you have legislation that’s composed out of the five boroughs,” said Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts, “where they have their own medical examiner’s office, they have their own crime lab, they have a police department with tens of thousands of officers and really only worry about a relatively small portion of the state of New York, where you have a mayor who’s got $12 million to incentivize returning to court by giving gifts and Mets tickets, so you come back—something we realize, in western New York, we realize it’s an obligation that we have.”
“I’ve read social media posts, I’ve read editorials in newspapers who believe the new reforms are not that bad, because they only apply to non-serious crimes,” said Republican State Senator Pam Helming at a press conference with Ontario County law enforcement and prosecutors back in November. “I challenge anyone who has this view to look at this list of crimes, to read the legislation and tell me that you believe that manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and rape in the third degree are minor offenses. Tell me, how is promoting obscene sexual performances by a child a minor offense? How is that? How about arson in the third and fourth degrees, selling controlled substances near our schools? Making terrorist threats or committing burglary and robbery in the second degree?”
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