New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he was clueless about enticing released jail inmates to return for a court date under his new bail-reform law, according to The New York Post.
Even Cuomo’s staff claims he didn’t know about the 900 criminals who are receiving an early release in advance of his own new law.
That’s even though the governor hires the Office of Court Administration (OCA) officer.
“We have no knowledge of either OCA or the city’s plan regarding early releases in their local jail system,’’ Cuomo spokesman Jason Conwall told The Post.
“The legislature passed, and the governor signed, landmark criminal-justice reforms last year, and we expect them to be implemented appropriately and effectively,” he also said.
The New York Post article explained that Conwall refused to admit if Cuomo backed the early releases — or if the plan was concocted by Mayor Bill de Blasio in his efforts to entice freed criminals to return to court, offering New York Mets tickets and other goodies.
“Meanwhile, de Blasio is taking things a step further with the freed accused criminals by offering them Mets and movie tickets and gift cards as an incentive to return to court for hearings,” sources told The Post.
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What type of city allows its top officials such as de Blasio to decide to bribe criminals to show up for court dates?
Next year, the plan was to eliminate 10,000 beds at Rikers Island — replacing that prison facility with three prisons that would have the ability to house 3,300 beds.
The remainder of the prisoners will be freed or put in rehab — or who knows what.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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