Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis discussed bail reform law and applauded the changes being adopted in the state budget. According to the assemblymember, many of them were solutions she proposed. The fixes included adding a large number of offenses that are reflected in legislation she drafted.
“Not only did we add a significant number of offenses to those that qualify for bail, we added provisions to stop ‘unlimited chances’ by ensuring that a person who either commits a crime after being released on their own recognizance, is on probation or is on post release supervision will have to face a judge in court who will be able to set bail,” Malliotakis said.
Additions to the bill
Malliotakis added the bill adds a large number of offenses to the list of “qualifying offenses” that are eligible for bail. These include:
- Class A-I felony drug offenses;
- Sex trafficking;
- Money laundering in support of terrorism in the 3rd and 4th degrees;
- Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
- Promoting a sexual performance by a child
- Any crime that is alleged to cause the death of another person;
- Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, strangulation in the 2nd degree, or unlawful imprisonment 1st where committed against a member of the same family or household;
- Aggravated vehicular assault in the 1st degree;
- Vehicular assault in the 1st degree
- Assault in the 3rd degree or arson in the 3rd degree when charged as a hate crime;
- Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old;
- Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds;
- Grand larceny in the 1st degree:
- Enterprise corruption;
- Money laundering in the 1st degree;
- Failure to register as a sex offender or endangering the welfare of a child where the defendant is registered as a level three sex offender; and
- Bail jumping or escape from custody.
“I’m happy to have worked with the District Attorneys’ Association, police unions, my colleagues and the public to demand common-sense changes to protect public safety,” she added. “While more can still be done to make the law better, this is a big step in the right direction.”
The bill likewise adds a large number of offenses to the list of “qualifying offenses” that are eligible for bail:
- A felony offense committed while the principal is serving a sentence of probation or while released to post release supervision;
- A felony where the defendant qualifies for sentencing on such charge as a persistent felony offender; and
- A felony or class A misdemeanor involving harm to an identifiable person or property, where such charge arose from conduct occurring while the defendant was released on his or her own recognizance or released under conditions for a separate felony or class A misdemeanor; provided that the prosecutor can show reasonable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime and any underlying crime.
Additionally, the legislation adds to the list of available court conditions as part of non-monetary release:
Surrender of the principal’s passport;
The principal must refrain from associating with certain individuals who are connected with the case, including victims, witnesses, or co-defendants;
The principal must be referred to a pretrial service agency for placement in mandatory programming, including counseling, treatment, and intimate partner violence intervention programs;
The principal must be removed to a hospital authorized under Section 9.43 of the Mental Hygiene Law;
The principal shall make diligent efforts to maintain employment, housing, or enrollment in school or educational programming; and/or;
The principal must obey orders of protection or court conditions set in order to implement a safety plan made by an alleged victim of a family offense.
She also applauded efforts in combating opioid addiction by banning fentanyl analogs and adding various fentanyl and fentanyl related substances to the list of Schedule I Controlled Substances.
Malliotakis voted against other portions of the budget.
“It spends too much, borrows too much and puts zero in the state’s rainy day fund,” she said. “The year already started off dark and stormy with a $6 billion deficit, and now it’s about to pour with the anticipated $10 billion loss in sales tax revenue due to COVID-19. This year’s budget completely ignores the fiscal gloom our state is facing.”