LI Leaders Form Group To Recommend Changes To Bail Reform Law

Sophia Hall
January 21, 2020 - 2:44 pm
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A new Siena College poll found most New Yorkers think the bail reform law is bad for the state, and a group of Long Island lawmakers are looking to convince Albany to make some changes.

The group – which includes Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Nassau County Sheriff Vera Fludd and other Long Island law enforcement officials – calls themselves the “Common Sense Coalition.”

They say the new bail reform law, which took effect on New Year’s Day, has no common sense and too many criminals that should be off the streets are being released into the community.

“This is supposed to just be about low-level misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes – nonviolent felonies. We've all seen that this couldn't be further from the truth,” said Brian Sullivan, of the Corrections Officers Association. “There are people walking out the door of arraignment courts with assault charges, with weapons charges, with gun charges, assault on children.”

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The group plans to make reform recommendations within the week so that, most importantly, victims are protected.

“Picture your family or your family member who's had their home violated in a burglary, or something worse, and now the defendant gets to come back to your house and examine the crime scene with his attorney. This goes well beyond taking care of a young person who gets caught with marijuana and spends way too much time in jail waiting for trial,” says Kevin Black, of the Superior Officers Association.

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The group plans to deliver their suggestions to Albany lawmakers in the hope that some changes will be made.

Meanwhile, a new Siena College poll released Tuesday found declining support for the recent changes to the bail law with 49% of respondents saying the changes were bad for New York while 37% said they were good.

A similar poll conducted back in April shortly after the law passed showed voters thought the law would be good for New York, 55-38 percent.