Nassau Police Commissioner Urges Albany To Rethink Bail Reform Law

Sophia Hall
January 03, 2020 - 3:00 pm
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The Nassau County Police Commissioner is not happy with the new bail reform law recently enacted throughout New York State.

The new bail reform law took effect on New Year’s Day, meaning thousands of low-level, non-violent offenders were released from jails throughout the state.

In Nassau County, Commissioner Patrick Ryder says at least three people who were released under the new law have been arrested again – including one man who committed six burglaries.

“Within a day he committed another burglary at the Bagel Boss. If he had stayed in the system, we would not have had that other burglary. If he had stayed in the system maybe we would have got him help – the help that he so desperately needs,” Ryder said.

He called on state lawmakers to rethink the new law and add revisions to keep repeat offenders behind bars.

“We’re urging that Albany go back and rethink some of these rules. We agree with a lot of the parts of justice reform, but we need to help the victims and protect the victims and sometimes the victim are actually the subjects – they need help, they should get the help and the only way they’re going to get it is by getting them into the system, where the system can protect them,” the commissioner said.

He added the judges should make the decision on whether someone is released without bail – instead of nearly everyone being released.