Zeldin spells out plans for criminal justice reforms

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin Thursday spelled out precisely what he’ll goal relating to criminal justice reforms on his first day in office ought to he be elected governor.

During a press convention at Union Square in Manhattan, Zeldin mentioned he would instantly “declare a crime emergency in the state of New York.” 

“The first day that I am in office, immediately after being sworn in as the governor of the state of New York, I will be signing an executive order that will suspend throughout the entire state of New York cashless bail, the Less is More Act, the HALT Act, the Discovery Law changes, and Raise the Age,” Zeldin mentioned.

Zeldin linked his feedback on crime reform to a shooting that occurred exterior his house the earlier week.

“My front yard became the site of a drive-by gang-related shooting,” Zeldin mentioned. “There have been instances of crime inside of these five boroughs, and it’s really important for all of us to talk about it, to understand the victims… to understand the impact of laws.”

“It is time to take back our streets and our subways,” Zeldin concluded. “All law-abiding New Yorkers should be able to walk these streets and feel safe again.”

Zeldin’s reference to “cashless bail” is predicated on the bail reform act of 2019, which limits the quantity and kinds of crimes judges can set bail for. This laws was handed as a part of the state’s funds in April 2019 and has since been amended twice, in response to the New York Times.

The Less is More Act, enacted in September 2021, units limits on incarceration for technical violations of parole and permits for people to complete their parole early.

The HALT Act, or the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act handed in March 2021, locations numerous restrictions on using segregated confinement for incarcerated individuals.

Zeldin’s reference to “Discovery Law changes” is predicated on reforms to New York’s legal guidelines enacted in February 2020 relating to the exchanging of proof earlier than a trial. Under the reformed laws, prosecutors are required to mechanically present the protection with all proof it has entry to inside a selected timeframe, whereas earlier than it was solely required upon written request.

The Raise the Age laws modified the age {that a} little one might be prosecuted as an grownup for criminal instances to 18 years previous. Previously, the minimal grownup age for New York criminal instances was 16 years previous.

“I want to be able to work with the legislature,” Zeldin mentioned. “I will immediately be sending bills to the state legislature to fix these laws.”

The “Day One” crime announcement might be watched here and the complete press convention might be watched here.

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