Leftist City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced in April that she wanted to bail out low-level criminals accused of misdemeanors and she wants to use taxpayer money to do it! She plans to proceed with the $1.4 million dollar taxpayer-funded bail fund. There is no longer any need, however, because the far, far, far-left mayor, Bill de Blasio, is eliminating bail entirely for thousands of criminal suspects even when felonies are involved.
Melissa Mark-Viverito is seen in the photo above wearing a T-Shirt supporting terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in June. She wants Rivera released.
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Working off a similar failed plan, de Blasio will spend $17.8 million on a program to release 3,400 defendants, and hopefully thousands more, who are charged with what he calls low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors and felonies. It’s not clear how a felony can be a low-level crime. He regards drug crimes as nonviolent which means drug dealers get a free pass.
One of the crimes he wants to decriminalize is bike theft which won’t do much for his push to get people out of their cars and on to bikes.
The suspects will be monitored via check-ins and text messages. TEST MESSAGES! He’s calling that “supervised release”.
It is a fact that low-level offenders often escalate to violent felonies and this make that situation worse. Some say the message being sent is “I can commit this crime and not worry about jail.”
The city is looking for an agency to do “risk-assessments” to develop criteria to determine who would be eligible to go free. Maybe they could include the police, victims and the prosecutors in that.
In the case of witnesses to a crime, they will be far less likely to cooperate if the accused is running loose on the streets. Victims in general need to be in a state of heightened awareness.
This is being done to release poor minorities from jail according to the administration’s prior statements.
Unfortunately, felons and drug dealers will also be included in these numbers.