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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday defended his plan to triple the number of teens who are freed from city jails without bail on violent charges including armed robbery and assault.
“We’re ensuring there are real alternatives to incarceration, particularly for our young New Yorkers,” the mayor said at an unrelated press conference, responding to a question about The Post’s front-page story revealing the no-bail expansion.
“We need to focus on getting them on the right track. We need to support them. We need to make sure they’re being redeemed — not just locked up,” he said.
New guidelines from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice will also increase the number of adults who qualify for de Blasio’s no-bail Supervised Release Program by boosting the eligibility age from 17 to 19. The program will be broadened to include first- and second-degree robbery, assault and burglary. The changes go into effect on Saturday.
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Hizzoner tried to downplay the inclusion of the more serious charges, claiming, “We’re talking about folks who have done offenses, lesser offenses.”
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