View all Articles
Commentary By Hannah E. Meyers

NYS Criminal Justice ‘Reforms’ Hurt Columbia County Criminals — as Well as Victims

Public Safety New York, Crime Control, Policing

In bucolic Columbia County, like jurisdictions across New York, recent statewide "reform" legislation has hurt not just the victims of crime, but criminal defendants, as well. The combined impact of NYS bail and discovery laws harms offenders by limiting their ability to make advantageous plea agreements. And, tragically, defendants are much less likely to accept needed drug treatment or to be assigned supervised time to get sober. 

Continue reading this entire piece on HudsonValley360 (paywall)


Hannah Meyers is director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute. 

Photo by MivPiv/iStock