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U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

WASHINGTON — Joining the chorus of lawmakers and law-enforcement officials voicing concerns over the new bail reform laws in New York, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, took initiative in Washington, D.C., to study the results of pre-trial release.

Stefanik announced Monday she was co-sponsoring legislation called Bill’s Promise Act, which would have the Government Accountability Office study how people released from jail pre-trial are supervised.

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Is the rich person who commits the same crime as the poor person less dangerous because he can afford bail? We do love to punish the poor in this country.


Good the first two comments. Pathetic. I for one am in for corrections reform. But it has to be thought out. This obviously was not. Similar to ObamaCare, we were in such a rush to gain political points that a law was passed that directly affects the safety of those the laws are supposed to protect. Put aside the hate for Stefanik or Trump, the law is disastrous. If NY wasn't such a corrupt dependent state (dependent on the state, voter scheme for Cuomo) could you imagine the blow back on this? Trump has nothing to do with this FYI. The Fuhrer himself, the Czar, Mr. Cuomo should fall on the sword on this but this state is so screwed up he can admit his mistake and laugh all the way to Puerto Rico. Shame, shame, shame.


Stefanik, intelectual midget, already has the results of her study. Since she is looking into "dangerous laws putting ....communities at risk", she will only find dangerous laws putting communities at risk. Taking an example from recent history, there is no reason to jail a black kid for stealing a knapsack, for three and a half years pending trial. Well, there is a reason, but its not a good reason, and we are trying to avoid that.


Considering the number of Trump associates that have been convicted or plead to felonies I think it inappropriate for her to be involved in criminal justice reform. Trump is going to NYS prison for tax fraud after he leaves office, for example. Stefanik is too close to the criminal elements in the White House to treat this issue fairly.


"Heastie, D-83, who said the reforms were about making sure defendants get treated equally, and urged people to have more patience and let the law take effect" take effect, how many people must die because of this? At least one has already been killed and several of these "defendants" have committed more crimes after being released. The whole thing is ludicrous, pure insanity.. In the words of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, "there does appear to have been a glitch or two"....

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