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Robert Namer
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August 14, 2022

     A former top NYPD official said that state lawmakers “set us back a decade” by dropping an “atom bomb” on the criminal-justice system with their 2019 bail-reform laws.  Bail, so-called reform must end.

     Ex-Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller blasted the state’s bail-reform measures as “all ideology over common sense,” saying the laws were pushed by “advocates for people who commit crimes.”  Miller, who retired from the NYPD a few weeks ago after nearly a decade there, told radio’s “Cats Roundtable” that violent crime was at its lowest in 2018 and 2019 — before bail reform was passed in Albany.

     “And then you saw crime start to climb, and it really set us back a decade in terms of shootings and murders, which is shame,” Miller told AM 770 host John Catsimatidis. “It’s like having a cure for a disease and then having the hospital take the vaccination away.” Miller said state lawmakers “literally took every proposal that had been sitting on the shelf that they couldn’t pass because common-sense people wouldn’t let it happen, they blew the dust off them, and they passed them all at once.”

     
Critics of bail reform, including NYC Mayor Eric Adams, have blasted the laws for allowing repeat offenders back on the streets and not jailing people accused of violent crimes before trial.  Gov. Kathy Hochul has suggested that judges are to blame for the ongoing surge of violence.  “[Legislators] balled [the reforms] into one budget bill and then snuck them out in the middle of the night. And we’ve been suffering from it ever since,” Miller said. “I don’t think anybody bothered to read them. I think it was all ideology over common sense.

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