Beginning January 1, 2020, inmates across New York State charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes will be eligible for release from jail due to legislation signed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo that eliminates cash-bail for many defendants.
More alarming, however, due to the fact that the law is retroactive, current inmates will be eligible to apply for release, and in an effort to eliminate expected administrative backlogs in the new year, the State Office of Court Administration has announced a plan to begin releasing these violent criminals early.
“This is a travesty of justice,” said Assemblyman Mike LiPetri. “Cash bail elimination will only serve one purpose – making our communities less safe. By even considering releasing these inmates early sends a clear message to the law-abiding citizens of this State that we must accept the fact that the preservation of our once peaceful communities has been abandoned for a culture of chaos.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice has plans to incentivize released defendants and inmates to return for their court dates by providing an array of taxpayer-funded incentives, including tickets to professional sports and gift-cards.
“Somewhere in their misguided thought process, the radical left-wing politicians believe that if you reward the violence these criminals have inflicted on our society with a goody-bag of treats and a not-so-convincing ‘see you later,’ that they have achieved some sort of justice reform. In reality, the only thing they accomplished here is streamlining the destruction of our quality of life,” LiPetri concluded.
Assemblyman LiPetri represents the 9th Assembly district, which comprises parts of South Farmingdale, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Babylon, West Islip, Brightwaters, West Bay Shore, West Babylon, and the Great South Bay.