This year petty criminals and Class E felons along with most misdemeanor violations will be able to simply walk out of prison, to recommit another crime, courtesy of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Cuomo’s “get out of jail” free card.
The new bill dubbed the “bail reform” initiative is especially concerning to the Jewish community in light of the recent and pervasive attacks committed against Jews within recent months.
Democrats in Albany have argued that the New York State law is indented not to criminalize “poverty by keeping someone in jail only because they can’t afford to get out.” Which actually doesn’t make much sense, in that criminals (especially violent ones), belong in jail regardless of social status.
Ironically, by some convoluted and perplexing logic, the law as written actually conflates who the true victims are, giving the one committing the egregious act prominence over the injured party.
The rash of hate crimes targeting the Jewish communities especially within the last 6-months has community leaders on edge, many believe that the new law will incite more anti-Semitism and physical attacks similar to the one Saturday night, in which a deranged individual barged into a private home of a Jews gathering in celebration of Hanukkah and began stabbing at the victims, for no other reason, other than because they were Jewish.
District attorneys and law enforcement officials across the state took Issue with the initiative because some misdemeanors and felonies, like theft, assault, and aggravated harassment, aren’t eligible for cash bail.
New York City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Kalman Yegar have repeatedly spoken out against the initiative, especially as anti-Semitism continues to rise.
“For two years, we have been sounding the alarm and asking for resources to confront rising anti-Semitism. We have begged for extra cops, for security funds, for more cameras, and for more attention towards this growing problem. Day after day, month after month, we had doors slammed in our faces. We were told to relax – that this isn’t as big a deal as we think it is. Do you believe us now?” Deutsch and Yegar said in a joint statement.
“We renew these calls for extra resources – we need to be able to tell our communities that New York is doing everything possible to keep them safe. That fact that our constituents have been seeing video after video of their neighbors being beaten on the street and harassed,” the duo said. “Then they have watched as the attackers walk out of the courthouse scot-free, with a City-sponsored gift card in their wallet.”
The councilman has also launched a petition drive for every New Yorker to get personally involved and express their concerns directly to Democratic lawmakers and politicians both in Albany and in New York City concerning the new criminal justice reform initiative:
“We write to you as New Yorkers united in concern about your criminal justice reform initiative that takes effect on January 1, 2020. We have watched with growing discontent during the last several years, as city leaders tout the phrase “safest big city” to describe the streets that we often feel unsafe on.”
Adding, “Rising hate crimes, prolific drug usage, and frequent news of violent attacks, such as the murder of young Tessa Majors just this month, leave us wondering why you have chosen to implement vast changes in the way our state approaches suspects in criminal activity.”