Not so fast! AOC urges lawmakers to ‘slow down’ on bail reform rollback

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February 16, 2020 - 11:57 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said lawmakers need to “slow down” before thinking about reining in controversial bail reform law.

While launching her 2020 reelection campaign in the Bronx Saturday, the freshman congresswoman told the New York Post that enough time hasn’t passed to judge the law. She said lawmakers need to “give it a shot.”

“What I would just say is that we should just give this time. It’s been five minutes,” AOC told the Post. “I would just say, in this environment with political pressure, to maybe just say let’s just slow down a bit.”

AOC said powerful players are waging a “well-funded” campaign to stop the law because they have interests in seeing it rolled back.

“I’m sure that there’a a lot of money with the bail bond industry, a lot of folks make a lot of money on cash bail,” she said.

The bail reform law has been controversial ever since Albany lawmakers passed it in the state Legislature in 2019.

The law gets rid of cash bail for low-level offenses, including misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

Supporters of the law say bail has been crushing poor communities for decades, with suspects stuck behind bars because they couldn’t afford to pay their way out.

Critics of the reform, including the NYPD commissioner, say dangerous repeat offenders are being let back on the street because judges’ hands are tied by the law. Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio is among those calling for the law to be amended so judges have more leeway.

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