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Bail “reform” has triggered a massive wave of revulsion across New York, as judges are forced to return serious offenders to the streets within hours of arrest, only to see them commit new crimes within days. Public anger threatens to split Democratic lawmakers, many of whom may face significant ballot challenges in November.
The cases are legion. Jordan Randolph, for example, was busted on New Year’s Day for harassment and tampering with an ignition-lock device. Less than two weeks after he was released, he drove drunk and killed Jonathan Flores-Maldonado — and was immediately released again.
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“We are getting crushed,” said one senior staffer for a Democratic state senator based outside of New York City. “People are furious. We are getting call after call, and it is the same thing with all the other offices. … We’re getting clobbered.”
But not every senator is worried about the backlash. Dems hold 40 out of 63 seats, and 25 of those represent the Big Apple, where the loudest public voices scream for bail reform. Very few of these officials have to worry about November, because their deep-blue districts haven’t elected a Republican in decades. Their only concern is a primary challenge from the left, which they can avoid by parroting the line that last year’s reforms promote justice.
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Referring to the case of Kalief Browder — a convicted car thief who was arrested for the strongarm robbery of a Mexican immigrant — state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins defended bail reform on NY1: “It’s not OK that because he was accused of stealing a backpack but didn’t have the resources to get out of jail, that he would languish there for three years. That is the epitome of a broken system.”
But Browder was able to raise his initial bail almost immediately. Bail was rejected when it...
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