Albany lawmakers refuse to reconsider legal changes that are putting dangerous criminals on the streets.
New York City is off to an inauspicious start on the crime front in 2022. Index crimes—murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft and grand larceny—rose by nearly 40% in January compared with last year. Several high-profile violent crimes have shocked and outraged residents. Five New York City Police Department officers were shot in January, two of them fatally.
Mayor Eric Adams released a comprehensive plan late last month to address the crime surge. He called on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state Legislature to reconsider some of the Empire State’s recently enacted criminal-justice reforms, bail reform in particular. So far his pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Rafael A. Mangual is a senior fellow and head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Follow him on Twitter here.
William J. Bratton is executive chairman of Teneo Risk. During a 46-year career in law enforcement, Bratton led six police departments, including seven years as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as police commissioner of the City of New York.
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