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‘Get out of jail for free,’ Senator Akshar criticizes new bail reform laws

(WBNG) -- State Senator Fred Akshar has released a statement to 12 News regarding the new bail reform laws which will go into effect Jan 1. 2020.

The statement reads:

In five days, the misguided and overreaching bail reform laws enacted by New York’s One Party Rule will go into effect, handing out new “get-out-of-jail-free” cards for an exceedingly long list of crimes.

Unfortunately, those crimes not only include Animal Abuse, Animal Fighting and Animal Torture, but Reckless Assault of a Child, Aggravated Assault on children under 11, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter and many more.

I voted “No” on these misguided policies driven by far-left New York City-based activists, but with the Democrat Party controlling the majorities in each branch of government, these so-called reforms were forced through anyway.

It’s not as if the New York State Senate Democrats, the Assembly or the Governor’s staff weren’t aware of these loopholes and consequences, they just didn’t care.

Elections have consequences, and whether it’s driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants or free college for illegal immigrants, or radical bail reform, this “new” New York under One Party Rule continues to show its allegiance lies with downstate, far-left political interests rather than with hardworking, law-abiding middle-class families.

I’m urging anyone opposed to these reforms to sign our statewide petition against the measure and show New York’s One Party Rule that they don’t represent our interests.

The new laws will eliminate cash bail for multiple, mostly non-violent crimes. The laws will release most individuals in these cases with an appearance ticket to return to court at a later date.

Akshar told 12 News in November that the law is "nothing more but a criminal's bill of rights."


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