Eighty eight percent. Of all inmates who were arrested on gun charges in New York City this year, 88 percent of the 3,793 who were arrested were released due to 1) NYC’s new bail reform law (which eliminated bail for many crimes) and/or 2) the city’s COVID-related jail release policy.
Meanwhile, shootings in The Big Apple are up a whopping 96 percent. It’s all a mystery.
From the New York Post:
“We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons … but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday [December 8th], while announcing shootings have climbed to 1,433 and are on track to reach a 14-year high by the end of 2020. By Thursday, the NYPD had logged an additional 18 shootings, bringing the total to 1,451, the department said.
That’s 1,451 shooting incidents, leaving 1,756 dead or wounded New Yorkers. But does this 96-percent surge in shootings truly have a direct connection to “bail reform” and releasing inmates willy nilly due to the ‘rona?
The New York Post dives deeper:
Among suspects in this year’s shootings, 40 percent have been caught with a gun previously, the NYPD said.
Of the 3,793 arrested in the first 11 months of the year on gun charges, 247 of them were accused of new crimes within just 60 days of their initial gun arrest, the NYPD said.
Only 32 of those 247 are currently in jail.
In addition to the 247, another 24 people arrested for gun crimes previously were named as people of interest in a second crime within 60 days of their first gun arrest.
In other words, yes. Yes there is a societal cost to immediately releasing dangerous criminals back onto the streets. Heck, if the consequence for speeding were nothing more than a stern talking to by the nice officer and a 10-minute inconvenience, I suspect we’d stop caring what number is on those black and white signs by the side of the road.
Meanwhile, the same folks who push for “bail reform” and policies that eliminate consequences for criminal behavior are simultaneously pushing for even stricter gun laws. While the law-abiding population suffers the consequences of these laws, criminals are exempted from them.
One might even begin to question the motives of a person who leverages increasing crime to sell increasing gun control, all the while crafting policy that…increases crime.