Thursday, November 7, 2019

Why new ‘bail reform’ law has New York law enforcement worried

Why new ‘bail reform’ law has New York law enforcement worried: As dumb as the moves sound, the state’s drive to spring some 900 city jailbirds early and the city’s plans to bribe them to show up for court are fully in the spirit of the “reform” law that kicks in Jan. 1. That’s the real problem.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he was unaware of state plans for early release of hundreds of accused. Maybe so — but he can’t be ignorant of the law itself, since he signed it.

The state Office of Court Administration is just figuring out how to apply the law, which outlaws bail for many offenses, when the ball drops in Times Square. Releasing all eligible jailbirds on New Year’s Day is impractical; hence the talk of springing them in batches through year’s end.

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