Criminal justice reform laws passed in New York State would allow the release of about 125,000 criminals next year, which is a concern because it would make the streets much more dangerous, according to Law Enforcement Today.
State Sen. Pam Helming (R) pointed out that people who don’t consider the reforms so bad because they are supposed to be aimed at prisoners who have committed crimes that are not considered “serious,” are wrong.
“I challenge anyone who has this view to look at this list of crimes, to read the legislation and tell me that you believe that manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, and rape in the third degree are minor offenses,” Helming said.
There are more than 400 crimes that include heinous acts such as criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault on a child under the age of 11, and selling drugs on or near school grounds, according to the New York Post.
“With every law that New York Democrats roll back, our streets become less safe. Their platform that caters to convicts and protects hardened criminals puts the rest of us in danger,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Geneva), quoted by the New York Post.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo would also plan to ‘silently’ release 900 criminals before the state law goes into effect on Jan. 1 of next year.
The New York Division of Criminal Justice Services reported in 2018 that in New York the recidivism rate is 66%. That is to say that of the 900 criminals some 581 would be apprehended again after committing an equal number of crimes, said Law Enforcement Today.
Likewise, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would give the accused criminals free baseball tickets, movie passes and gift cards to encourage them to return to court.
“You’re literally rewarding them for committing a crime,” criticized a staff member of the Manhattan Criminal Court, according to the New York Post.
In addition, 10,000 of the 125,000 released criminals will get subsidized housing, job training, and family counseling each year from taxpayers’ money at an estimated value of tens of millions of dollars annually, Breitbart reported.