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Former NYPD Official: Bail Reform “Set Us Back a Decade” By Dropping an “Atom Bomb” on the Criminal Justice System

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As New York City finds itself gripped by a massive crime wave, the 2019 bail reform laws continue to dominate the headlines as residents of the Big Apple become increasingly concerned about their safety as repeat criminal offenders are back on streets.

On Sunday, Ex-Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism and former television news reporter John Miller said that New York state legislators “set us back a decade” by dropping an “atom bomb” on the criminal-justice system with their vote on the bail-reform laws, as was reported by the New York Post.

Appearing on the WABC AM 770 radio talk show that is hosted by former New York City mayoral candidate and business mogul John Catsimatidis, Miller excoriated the state’s bail reform measures, the Post reported. Miller said the new laws are  “all ideology over common sense,” and that they were forged by “advocates for people who commit crimes.”

The Post reported that Miller retired from the NYPD several weeks ago after spending almost ten years in the position. As a private citizen, it is clear, based on Miller’s remarks that he feels that the bail reform laws adopted in New York are one of the major driving forces in the significant uptick in violent and non-violent crime that is plaguing the city and confounding its mayor.

Miller told the audience that was tuned into the “Cats Roundtable” that prior to the nail reform laws that were passed in Albany that violent crime was at its nadir in 2018 and 2019.

“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 host John Catsimatidis, as reported by the Post. “It’s like having a cure for a disease and then having the hospital take the vaccination away.”

The Post reported that 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.”

Those elected officials that oppose the new bail reform laws such as New York City Mayor Eric Adams have said that the laws allow repeat offenders back on the streets and they do not require jailing people accused of violent crimes before trial, as was reported by the Post.

Others such as New York Governor Kathy Hochul have implied that those to blame for the upsurge in crime are judges.

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, as was reported by the Post. “I don’t think anybody bothered to read them. I think it was all ideology over common sense.”

“And I think the criminal-justice system is a complex ecosystem where you can make changes and adjustments, and there are reforms that made sense that are in there,” he said, according to the Post report. “But you can’t do all of that at once and drop it like an atom bomb on a system that that’s complicated and not expect turmoil.

“District attorneys don’t like it. Judges don’t like it. Police officers don’t like it. And citizens don’t like it. So that leaves one universe — the advocates — who think it’s terrific. They are advocates for people who commit crimes, who get caught in the system,” he said. “And where are the advocates for everybody else?”

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