State Senator warns bail reform poses threat to public safety

Created: November 07, 2019 07:27 PM

ELMA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A State Senator warned Thursday that the new bail reform law could jeopardize public safety.

Senator Patrick Gallivan is a State Senator for New York’s 59th District and a former state trooper and Erie County Sheriff.


Law enforcement officers and victims advocates joined him Thursday to call for a change to the law before it takes effect Jan. 1. 

Under the bail reform law, judges only have the power to set bail in most cases if they deem that the suspect is a flight risk.

Gallivan says the law shows, “No consideration for what a repeat offender might do once they get an appearance ticket and go back out there so that person. That individual who is strung out on drugs or is an addict that is arrested for breaking into somebody's house, they return to go break into another house.”

State Attorney General Tish James wants more funding for counties to implement criminal justice reform changes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the state won’t be giving extra money to counties.

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