Unfortunately, Cuomo’s proposed Bill has several falsities that need to be addressed.
BELIEF: People think that ONLY those that will benefit or be affected by it are the indigent that are charged with petty theft or minor drug possessions. The Bill will make it so they can automatically be released on their own recognizance, whereas before they needed to pay a fee to be bonded out.
FACT: It is EVERYONE charged with a misdemeanor or non-violent crime that will be automatically released before trial. In NYS, misdemeanors include, but are not limited to, burglary, forcible touching, violating a restraining order, assault without a weapon, sexual assault, DUI, certain types of terroristic threats, embezzlement, fraud, white collar crimes, arson, and leaving a child or pet unattended in a car.
FACT: There will be a “fix bail” for Class A felons, and if they cannot pay that within 5 days of incarceration, court must reconvene to make it so their bail is more affordable. A Class A felony includes rape, aggravated sexual assault, murder in the second degree, manslaughter and aggravated manslaughter in the first, kidnapping, and child molestation.
FACT: If this bill passes, everything previously funded by the Bail Agencies will fall onto YOU to pay with YOUR tax dollars. That means that if any of these people skip court, YOU are paying to have people track them down and bring them in; if a defendant needs monitoring and constant check-ins to make sure they don’t miss court, YOU are paying to have those personnel act as their babysitter. Anything and everything that these 212 Bail Agents in NYS do for the court system will fall directly onto YOUR tax dollars.
As Michelle Esquenazi, the Bail Bond Queen, so eloquently put it, “when you are little you are taught right from wrong, and if you do wrong you will go to jail. By them taking away bail bonds, basically you’re rewarding people for crime. It’s going to be a revolving system.”
By donating to the New York State Bail Bondsman Association, you are aiding in our efforts to keep bail bonds in NYS. You are protecting YOUR tax dollars from being spent on rewarding crime. We are committed to stopping Child Molestors, Domestic Violence Perpetrators, and a slew of other suspects of misdemeanor crimes from automatically being allowed to walk the streets without proper monitoring by skilled bondsman.
States like New Jersey, that eliminated bail, are now discovering that it was a poor choice because it allowed CHILD SEX OFFENDERS, like Christopher Wilson, to be SET FREE to enjoy his life while his innocent little VICTIM HIDES IN FEAR. Worse yet, most of the offenders that have been set free are not returning to stand trial. A 2015 New York City Criminal Justice report showed that 84,000 criminal suspects who were set free on their own recognizance NEVER RETURNED TO STAND TRIAL.
Organizations are duping you into believing that Bail Reform will save you tax dollars by automatically allowing these offenders to be released on their own recognizance. Where do you believe that they will be getting the money in order to track down these people and force them to stand trial and face their accusations? Currently, that money comes from the small number of bail agencies scattered across the state. If this Bill comes to pass, that money will come directly from YOUR tax dollars.
If any of the facts stated above anger you or rub you the wrong way, please contact your senator and tell him to oppose this ill-informed Bill and donate to our cause.
The money you donate will be going directly to the New York State Bail Bondsman Association. Representatives from this non-profit 501 (C) 6 organization, such as our President Michelle Esquenazi, will be going to Albany, talking with your legislators and presenting Bills that will save bail, rather than destroy it.
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