Ashby, Law Enforcement Rally For Repeal Of Bail Reform

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) , Rensselaer County DA Mary Pat Donnelly, Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy and Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett were among those at a rally held at the State Capitol calling for the repeal of New York’s bail reform law. Ashby unveiled legislation last month, A.8855, which would repeal the bail reform law.

“Many people in my assembly district, crime victims, law enforcement and professionals in the criminal justice system are calling for the repeal of bail reform,” said Ashby. “The law as it stands allows unrepentant, dangerous criminals immediately back into our communities, placing law enforcement, our first responders and the public at risk. We must repeal the mess that exists now and approach this the right way, with input from all involved parties, and ensure their concerns are being considered.”

“One month into 2020 we are seeing the reality of this criminal justice reform legislation. The news is reporting daily with stories of repeat offenders and crimes of opportunity. Now is the time for us to come to the table and figure out how to get this right,” said Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly. “If done correctly, criminal justice reform can protect the rights of the accused and maintain public safety for all New Yorkers. That is our goal.”

“I was concerned about bail reform and what it would bring. We feared that it would bring danger to the communities, and that’s exactly what has happened,” said Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy. “There are literally too many cases to keep track of, though we’re certainly trying. We simply want safe communities and that’s the cornerstone of our careers. I appreciate everyone asking us to come here today … We simply ask that we can sit down with the majority leaders and we can come up with a solution that’s fair—fair to the defendants and fair to the public.”