NYC to Free 125,000 Criminals Due to Bail Reforms

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
November 28, 2019USshare
NYC to Free 125,000 Criminals Due to Bail Reforms
Man in handcuffs. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City is set to free at least 125,000 criminals from prison starting next year and provide them housing and job training, according to a new report.

According to various reforms, New York City is planning to release over 125,000″non-violent” criminals. These criminals would not have to be imprisoned and may not have to post bail, according to the report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

As mentioned in a previous report, “non-violent” crimes in this reform include those such second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Following their release, the accused criminals would be provided housing, family support, as well as job training services in order to get them the necessary skills to secure a job. This was called the “Atlas” program to be funded by taxpayers, Breitbart reported.

The report added that Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) said he may give the released criminals MET game tickets, theater tickets, or gift cards as a way to encourage prisoners to show up to their court hearing.

Critics of the program have said the reforms reward people after they commit a crime.

Pan Helming (R), state senator, said that it was wrong for people to think that the crimes that these prisoners—who were deemed “non-violent”—weren’t serious, according to the Law Enforcement Today.

“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. Tell me, how is promoting obscene sexual performances by a child a minor offense? How is that? How about arson in the third and fourth degrees, selling controlled substances near our schools? Making terrorist threats or committing burglary and robbery in the second degree?” Helming argued.

Breitbart reported that more than 105,000 criminals had been released by judges without bail back in 2018.

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