Law enforcement officials meet with Endicott residents, discuss bail reform law

first_imgThe West Endicott Neighborhood Watch group also created a petition asking New York lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to reevaluate the law. Korchak says that makes law enforcement job even harder and could pose a possible danger to the community. “This will give people information on what this bail reform is, the facts behind it,” said Mayor Linda Jackson. The new law that went into effect January 1st, allows those who commit non-violent offenses to not have bail or be held in custody to await trial. ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Endicott Police and the Broome County District Attorney met with Endicott residents Thursday night to discuss New York’s new bail reform law. Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak, as well as an Endicott Police officer, attended the meeting to answer residents questions and concerns and clear up any misconceptions. “One of the conditions that the judges are not allowed to consider is if the person is dangerous and their likelihood to re-offend. That’s not something that they are taking into consideration,” said Korchak, “Under New York law, dealing drugs is a non-violent offense, so if someone gets arrested for drugs, they are going to be out on the street immediately. Someone gets charged with manslaughter in the second degree, non-violent offense in New York… there needs to be some revisions in this law.”center_img “They are escalating what it could mean and that’s why we are having this meeting because even though it’s really bad, let’s not get carried away and think that murderers are getting away with something,” said Jackson. The meeting, held at American Legion 1700, was filled with citizens who wanted questions answered about how the law could affect their safety. “I understand that they don’t want to charge the poor people a lot of bail. The rich people get out of it because they can afford to pay it. That’s not fair and I totally understand that. But, this is also on rape cases and other important cases,” said Jackson. Residents also got to share their opinions and points of view on the matter. “Our whole thing is not to just complain but actually take an action and if your going to complain, complain to the people that will listen,” said Pamela Brigham from the West Endicott Neighborhood Watch.last_img read more

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