Assemblyman Karl Brabenec has introduced legislation which would repeal all enacted sections of the criminal justice reform package that was passed earlier this year during the budget process. Most members of the Assembly Republican Conference have joined Brabenec in sponsoring the legislation.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, defendants that are charged with many Class E felony offenses, like residential burglary, almost all drug sales and possession, some homicides, assaults resulting from drunk driving collisions, many weapons offenses, grand larceny, bribery involving public officials, and many charges involving child pornography, will all be released from custody without consideration of bail.
“It is a total slap in the face to all law-abiding New Yorkers that felons will now be given priority over victims and the scales of justice have taken a nosedive toward leniency,” Brabenec said.
Brabenec is asking for the leadership of both legislative houses or Gov. Cuomo to call a special session of the legislature so this bill can be debated and voted on before the reforms take effect January 1, 2020.