In Nassau County, authorities rearrested about 7% of defendants who have been launched with out bail throughout the second quarter, in line with police.
Officers offered the data throughout a press convention in East Meadow. It was launched as a part of the county police’s quarterly crime report on bail reform.
A complete of three,019 arrests have been made in Nassau County within the second quarter. This can be a 9% rise from the two,767 made within the opening quarter. Of the two,641 defendants launched with out bail within the April-June quarter, 195 have been rearrested.
County Government Bruce Blakeman, Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and different audio system blamed the rising numbers on bail reform. Blakeman mentioned these modifications permit for criminals to “prey” on residents.
“These criminals come from New Jersey. They commit the crime they usually’re off again to New Jersey,” mentioned Blakeman. “Even when they’re arrested right here in Nassau County, they go earlier than a choose, they’re out of state, they’re a bail danger, the choose has to allow them to go.”
New York applied its new bail reform laws in January 2020. Now most misdemeanors and non-violent offenses are exempt from bail. Judges can nonetheless set bail for critical and violent offenses, nevertheless.
The legislation goals to scale back the variety of prisoners who’re incarcerated due to their incapability to pay bail. Its supporters declare it reduces pointless imprisonment.
Blakeman denounced the laws’s supporters. He mentioned that behind every of those statistics is a narrative and a sufferer.
“These persons are again in the neighborhood strolling round as if nothing occurred,” he mentioned. “They’re launched the identical day, making our residents really feel much less protected.”
Managed substances, larceny and assault and associated offenses comprised most costs filed in opposition to defendants who have been launched with out bail throughout the second quarter. Managed substance arrests rose by 77.09%, larceny by 53.56% and assault by 30.56% when evaluating the primary two quarters of 2021 to the identical interval in 2022.
Felony mischief, judicial proceedings, warrants, DWI-related offenses, forgery and associated, firearms & weapons and suspended or revoked licenses spherical out the highest 10 costs. These 10 costs collectively climbed from 1,787 to 2,162 — a virtually 21% enhance — when in comparison with the identical time-frame in 2021.
The three costs with the very best mixed totals in opposition to individuals who have been rearrested, nevertheless, are larceny (up 51.95%), managed substances (up 18.52%) and judicial proceedings (68.29%), which incorporates bribery, in comparison with the primary half of 2021.
The remaining prime costs in opposition to the rearrested people embrace prison mischief, assault, warrants, housebreaking and associated offenses, license suspension or revocation, public order offenses and weapons & firearms. Evaluating the present interval to the identical time in 2021, the overall mixed costs went from 2,299 to 2,449, a rise of almost 6.5%.
Each Blakeman and Ryder related Lengthy Island’s ongoing opioid epidemic to points with bail reform throughout their remarks.
Ryder mentioned of the three,019 arrests, 440 have been overdoses. He mentioned that earlier than bail reform, they might mandate that an individual goes to drug courtroom or to the prison courtroom. Usually, he mentioned one would select drug courtroom.
“Within the drug courtroom, we’d get them assist,” he mentioned. “We’re not getting them assist anymore. They nonetheless have the identical choice, however they gained’t see that diversion courtroom choose for possibly a month or two months. What number of overdoses occurred in that month or two months whereas they’re ready for that?”
Of the 487 arrested for managed substance costs, Ryder mentioned 96 have been rearrested for drug-related costs. He mentioned the leniency of legal guidelines is unsettling for victims as a prison might return to the identical neighborhood.
“We’ll proceed to do our job,” mentioned Ryder. “We’ll proceed to make these arrests and we hope that modifications come that may hold the dangerous individuals the place they belong: in jail.”
The victims of a current incident in East Meadow, the place a person was arrested after hurling 27 bricks via residents’ automotive home windows, have been additionally given the chance to talk and categorical their opinions.
“We all the time felt nice and protected and when this occurred, I used to be shocked,” mentioned one resident. “And we want assist. We want this legislation to vary, no matter these legal guidelines are that assist these criminals to be out on the street.”
Legislator Steven Rhoads (R-Bellmore) mentioned the federal government’s prime purpose is to make sure the security of residents. He mentioned the victims who spoke highlighted the significance of this.
“You possibly can have superbly paved streets. Your rubbish can get picked up on time. Mass transit could be working,” he mentioned. “Nothing else issues in case you don’t really feel protected in your neighborhood, and there’s a direct trigger, and that’s bail reform.”
A current Clean Slate Media analysis of county-wide crime statistics confirmed main crimes decreased by over 10% from 2017 to 2021. However the variety of violent crimes elevated by over 16% throughout that very same interval.
Statistics supplied to the state’s Division of Felony Justice Companies by the county police reveal that there have been 14,039 vital crimes dedicated within the county in 2017 in contrast with 12,535 in 2021.