Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac) attended a rally at the state Capitol today alongside over 250 law enforcement officials, victims advocates, state senators and Assembly colleagues to support the repeal of bail reform (A.8855).
This law continues to do more harm than good, setting dangerous criminals free without bail to continue their lawlessness at the expense of law-abiding citizens, said Byrne. The Assembly and Senate Majorities keep comparing our bail reform to that of New Jerseys, but New Jerseys is vastly different. They enacted it over the course of three years, spent time carefully planning it and continued to hold dangerous, as well as violent, criminals on bail. The time to act is now! Lets do something before any more families have to suffer from this failed attempt at so-called reform.
"Bail reform as it stands now should be repealed, said Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. The best way to proceed is to repeal the current law and start over and involve those who work in the criminal justice field so a responsible bail reform can be written that does not remove judicial authority from the courts. We as servants of the criminal justice system want to help our lawmakers write a responsible bail reform that protects everyone."