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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1670791

Justice Run Bad

Yes, the benefits are getting better and better for criminals in the State of New York. The softening of our society is led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the help of Assemblyman Fred Thiele, among others [“New Criminal Justice Law Poses Big Challenges For Local Law Enforcement Agencies,” 27east.com, December 17].

Bail reform eliminated cash bail for 400 offenses. It was approved last year by lawmakers with backers saying it was one of a number of major progressive accomplishments by the Democrat-controlled State Legislature and Gov. Cuomo. Mr. Thiele voted for it, and State Senator Kenneth LaValle did not.

The criminal justice reform may be owned by the Democrats, but all of us need to take responsibility to repeal this now.

The bail reform gives felony offenses release without bail and in some instances without the defendant even seeing a judge. Examples of offenses are aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter in the second degree, arson in third and fourth degrees, and promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child. As state leadership talks about walking this reform back, how much damage has been done?

The horrible death of 27-year-old Jonathan Armand Flores-Maldonado by a repeat offender [“Family Raises Funds To Hold Services For Westhampton Beach Man Killed In DWI Crash,” 27east.com, January 14] is one example of why New York State bail reform is justice run bad by our liberal leaders of New York State. Mr. Maldonado’s death is one among many at the hands of our state government leadership.

Gerry Loesch

Hampton Bays

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