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Opinion | Improve Bail Laws for Public Safety 

The New York Times- Last April, the New York State Legislature passed an ill-considered set of criminal justice reforms that were buried in the state budget bill. As those reforms have taken effect, it has become clear that they present a significant challenge to public safety.

The New York Police Department favors criminal justice reforms and bail reform, but within a framework that is fair both to the victims of crimes and to those accused of committing them. The time has come to rethink these reforms to achieve the desired goal of a fairer criminal justice system that doesn’t undermine, …

Prosecutor says NY judges are ‘anguished’ as they release suspects under bail reform law

PIX 11 News-  New York State’s bail reform law doesn’t take effect until next week on Jan. 1, 2020, but judges started releasing criminal suspects back in November.

Under the new law, which was pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, 90 percent of criminal cases will have cash bail eliminated. That means defendants will be released from court, in 400-plus crime categories, to await trial at home.

 

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Narcs nab speed-demon drug dealer as he leaves Bronx nightclub

Daily News- A speed-demon drug dealer with a reputation for high-speed getaways ran out of road Monday when cops and federal agents tracked him to a Bronx nightclub, authorities said.

Arfhy Santos, who goes by the street name “Coyote,” nearly ran over a cop in Times Square last year, and in August came within inches of mowing down a woman and her small dog during a getaway from a DEA task force on the Upper East Side, authorities said.

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Death toll from tainted cocaine rising across the country

NBC News- A pain pill prescription for nerve damage revived Gwendolyn Barton’s long-dormant addiction last year, awakening fears she would slip back into smoking crack cocaine.

She’d done that drug and others for about 20 years before getting sober in 2008. But things were different back then. This time, the 62-year-old knew she needed to seek treatment before it was too late.

 “If I used today,” she said, “I’d be dead.”

The powerful opioid fentanyl is often mixed into cocaine, turning the stimulant into a much bigger killer than the drug of the past.

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Judge cites new bail law, frees drug dealer facing lifetime in prison after Upper East Side OD

Daily News- A drug-dealing suspect who allegedly laughed off the death of a man who died overdosing on drugs sold by his crew was freed on bail Thursday — and praised the politicians who approved new bail laws a judge cited in letting him free.

“Cuomo for president!” Jose Jorge proclaimed in Spanish as he hustled out of Manhattan Supreme Court.

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