NYPD Commissioner Amps Up Criticism Of Bail Reform Law

Steve Burns
January 24, 2020 - 5:23 pm
Dermot Shea

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Friday amped up his criticisms of New York State’s bail reform law.

According to WCBS 880’s Steve Burns, since the new law went into effect on Jan. 1, robberies have increased and there’s been a spike in stolen vehicles.

“In the first three weeks of this year, we're seeing significant spikes in crime,” Shea said. “So, either we forgot how to police New York City, or there's a correlation.”

The NYPD commissioner says the new bail reform law – which made setting bail for most non-violent felonies illegal – is most likely to blame in the increase on low-level crime.

“There are clear things that we think have to be fixed and the clock is ticking,” Shea said, joining a number of other New York law enforcement officials who have criticized the law.

Shea says he made a stop in Albany this past week to express his wishes. He notes he mainly wants to give judges the discretion to hold repeat criminals in jail.

“If judges don’t have that ability, we're all in trouble,” he said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he’s open to making changes to the law, but has pushed back against including a “dangerous” standard.

Advocates, including the Legal Aid Society, have praised Cuomo for implementing the law and standing behind in.

In a statement, the Legal Aid Society emphasized that judges’ predictions of future crime are often unreliable and inevitably infected with racial bias.