Albany progressives need to hear from us

Ultra progressives in Albany profess that the no bail laws have little to do with soaring crime in New York City and state that any news reports to the contrary are “fake news”.

“I keep reading in some newspapers,” huffed Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) at a hearing Monday “that rearrests are skyrocketing,” though data presented shows “the exact opposite.”

If you look at other criminal arrest numbers they show that people freed on cashless bail got rearrested 39.6% of the time while their case was pending; those with prior convictions or a pending case were nabbed 44.6% of the time.

Each year since the 2019 bail reform was enacted, 30,000 to 40,000 defendants got hauled in for some offense committed while walking around free, awaiting trial, thanks to these reforms.

Also NYPD data shows that 327 shoplifters accounted for about 30% of the retail crimes in 2022, 46% of whom had prior felony convictions; a full quarter of those nabbed for burglary were caught again within just 60 days.

Last year saw 1,200 individuals arrested for burglary commit another felony within 60 days; in 2017, the number was 312. That’s a 285% spike.

Even soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg acknowledges the 2019 “reforms” drove his case dismissals (arrests he couldn’t prosecute) from 48% to 74% for misdemeanors and from 21% to 35% for felonies.

Albany progressives are fooling themselves into thinking that they have no blame in the soaring crime statistics, while each of us have to be on guard for our lives.

They need to know that we will call them out for their misguided thoughts on bail reform.