In an interview with Fox Nation reporter Lawrence Jones after his appearance at CPAC, President Trump called on politicians to give the police back their authority. Trump also decried radical changes to criminal justice laws like the no cash bail rules used in New York City and elsewhere that allow criminals back on the street shortly after committing a crime. Fox News reports:
So far in Chicago in 2021, at least 1587 people have been shot— an 11% increase compared to 2020 and a 58% increase compared to 2019, according to the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics for the week ending July 4.
Trump also noted that crime in New York is “through the roof” because there is “no more cash bail” and “all they do is go after Republicans.”
Under previous New York law, prosecutors would determine whether to make a bail recommendation or agree to have the defendant released on their own recognizance. The case judge would then make a determination. Defense attorneys would typically make arguments that bail would be inappropriate, or should be set at a low amount, which judges would take into consideration.
Under the current law, courts are now prohibited from setting any monetary bail or keeping defendants in custody before trial in almost every type of misdemeanor case, and for a long list of felonies as well.
In New York City, there has been an 8.5% increase in murders year-to-date as of July 4 and a 37.8% spike in shooting incidents, according to data provided by the NYPD.
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