A local look at Bail Reform

Bail Reform has changed the way non-violent misdemeanors are handled since the beginning of the year, but are more changes necessary?

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 6:06 PM

Since the passing of New York’s Bail Reform laws, there’s been an increase in the number of people re-offending before having their day in court.

"On most cases that we get right now that people are released, they catch a second charge."

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara is now fielding many calls from victims who are wondering how the offenders are back out on the street. Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol is getting the same calls.

"Bail Reform has not made our community safer. It’s done just the opposite."

The District Attorney says the criminals know they aren’t going to jail, and aren’t afraid to admit it.

"Increased crime which means increased victimization, and making the community less safe, and right now you know it’s the wild, wild west we’re dealing with right now. I mean it’s like people are saying to the police: you can’t arrest me for this."

The Sheriff spoke about a number of cases where there’s been re-offenses. One involving setting 8 cars on fire.

"C felony arson in the 3rd degree and they were released. We arrested them a second time for another car fire, and they were released again."

Scott McNamara says drug dealers are also aware of the Bail Reform laws, and are taking advantage of the system.

"Many of our drug dealers are not from Utica. They come here, and this just encourages people to come from outside the area to a separate area and then flee once they get arrested because now we have to spend all our time and energy to go find them, and then the question becomes how much time and energy do you put into that?"

There has been some changes to the Discovery Laws, but both the DA and the Sheriff would like to see additional changes made to keep the community safer.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2109313

Reported Deaths: 53549
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings28051310452
Queens2771879955
Suffolk2009893400
Nassau1836013174
Bronx1834126586
New York1382124499
Westchester1296452289
Erie895641806
Richmond749441841
Monroe689291110
Orange48303843
Rockland46935963
Onondaga38913677
Dutchess29468445
Albany24694356
Oneida22609513
Niagara20032372
Broome18616366
Saratoga15359168
Ulster13905257
Schenectady13197205
Rensselaer11225142
Putnam1060592
Chautauqua8950145
Chemung7758136
Oswego761992
Ontario740393
Steuben6952144
Sullivan667276
St. Lawrence663396
Cayuga633792
Jefferson613068
Wayne578170
Cattaraugus572091
Genesee5435124
Herkimer5182109
Clinton483533
Madison456289
Livingston452060
Fulton442191
Tompkins434652
Montgomery4254125
Columbia4064104
Cortland392562
Tioga382963
Warren365857
Wyoming358153
Allegany355587
Chenango349876
Otsego346047
Greene340279
Washington315955
Orleans311883
Lewis280736
Franklin256112
Delaware237938
Seneca201056
Schoharie169217
Essex159326
Yates117826
Schuyler107214
Hamilton3132
Unassigned9211
Out of NY0248
Utica
Cloudy
58° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 58°
Oneonta
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 53°
Herkimer
Cloudy
58° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 58°
Old Forge
Cloudy
58° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 58°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Enchanted Forest Water Safari Summer Fun Giveaway
Father's Day Giveaway 2021
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
18 Facets of Summer Photo Contest brought to you by Herkimer Diamond Mines
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Alivana Ready for Summer Giveaway
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve