Poll: Most New Yorkers No Longer Support Bail Reform Law

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February 24, 2020 - 5:50 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Support for New York's controversial bail reform laws is collapsing, according to a new survey.

A Sienna College poll found 59% of New York voters now say the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanor and “non-violent” felony crimes is bad for the state while only 33% say it's good.

When the law was approved last April, 38% said it was bad and 55% of voters said bail reform was good.

The new poll comes after the bail reform law has been nearly constantly criticized by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers are increasingly worries as there are reports of numerous defendants being released for one offense and then almost immediately committing more crimes.

Long Island lawmakers have already formed a coalition to recommend changes that they want Albany to consider.

Most law enforcement officials have also said the bail reform law makes it difficult to make victims feel safe.

The law took effect between Dec. 31, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020.