WATERTOWN- Headlines day after day keep showcasing criminals that commit serious crimes across the state, yet are released on no bail, just merely an appearance ticket that includes a promise that they will return to court, thanks to New York’s criminal bail reforms that took full effect at the beginning of the year.
“I sincerely hope our downstate politicians will see what damage they have done to our judicial, law enforcement and most of all, the very people they claim to represent,” said Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli.
The sheriff was one of several officials who gathered Thursday at a press conference in Watertown, NY.
In attendance was our North Country Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River). “The so-called bail “reforms” have negatively impacted New Yorkers across the state. I have heard countless stories of families losing loved ones due to dangerous criminals being released back into neighborhoods,” said Blankenbush. “We need to listen to the outcry from our law enforcement agencies, judges and district attorneys. We need to look at the insurmountable evidence that supports a full repeal. We can’t waste another day. We need to act now.”
Some Albany lawmakers are now referring these reforms as the “Victims Abuse Act of 2019”. The reforms were slipped through last year’s state budget. As a result, lawmakers and law enforcement officials say they were robbed of their chance to properly debate these proposals.
Catch up on our latest discussion with Assemblyman Blankenbush by listening here: