Deformed Reform

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Starting in 2020, state criminal-justice reforms, including those relating to bail and discovery of evidence, will go into effect–in addition to local reforms that Mayor de Blasio has already introduced. The changes will have a wide-reaching impact on public safety, and district attorneys across New York and even state attorney general Letitia James, a noted progressive, have expressed concerns. Radical legislators and advocates dismiss these worries as fearmongering, but the dangers are real.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Scary: New rules on discovery will put witnesses of crimes in danger of exposure to malefactors. Read more.

  2. Free: Bail-reform laws will require judges to release many offenders–in some cases, even those accused of violent crimes–back into communities immediately. Read more.

  3. Guns: Jail-diversion programs have put one-third of all weapons-possession arrestees back on the streets in Brooklyn. Read more.

“Teenage robbers, violent assailants and burglars aren’t a low-risk population, and there will likely be a price tag attached to a policy of leniency when it comes to handling such cases.”

Rafael Mangual, Manhattan Institute fellow and deputy director of legal policy

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Crime, Not Race By Heather Mac Donald (January 29, 2004)

“THE NYPD must do everything it can to minimize the chance of unjustified officer shootings.”

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