President Trump Goes After New York’s Bail Reform Law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
President Donald Trump in Oct., 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)

President Donald Trump is assailing New York’s bail reform law in a tweet that claims without evidence that it’ll lead to the release of “hardened & bad” criminals onto the sidewalks of “our” city.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo punched back Tuesday by saying the Republican president gave up his right to call New York home when he claimed Florida residency.

A new state law is set to eliminate cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent arrests. It takes effect in January.

Criminal justice reform groups who say cash bail causes court backlogs and is unfair to low-income people cheered the law.

But critics including prosecutors say the law should have allowed judges to consider whether a defendant poses a danger to the public.