Long Island State Senator Looking To Make Changes To Bail Reform Law

Sophia Hall
January 14, 2020 - 12:37 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A New York State Senator from Long Island is pushing for some changes to be made to the newly enacted bail reform law.

A Bellport man was released from jail on Monday under the new law after being charged with drunk driving in a fatal crash with three prior convictions for DWIs since 2011, according to Suffolk County prosecutors.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, it’s just one example of many across the state in which dangerous, repeat offenders are released onto the streets on New York – giving them the opportunity to commit similar offenses again.

State Senator Anna Kaplan is worried and has presented a bill that would create some changes to the new law. She says her bill would give judges the option to hold a person in police custody by having them undergo mental health or substance abuse evaluations first, rather than immediately releasing them without bail.

Kaplan notes this legislation would make it so individuals are not forced back onto the streets where they could get arrested for another crime.

The bail reform law took effect on New Year’s Day, releasing hundreds of non-violent, low-level accused criminals from the state’s prison system.

Since the change was enacted, worries have been spiking across New York as repeat offenders are often released onto the street amid a spike in anti-Semitic crimes and other hate crimes and a rise in crimes in Central Park.