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NY Gov Plays Clueless After 900 Criminals Get Early Release, Movie and Baseball Tickets

On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo 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 receiving an early release in advance of his new law, even though the Governor hires the Office of Court Administration 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 said.

According to the NY Post article, Conwall refused to admit if Cuomo backed the early releases — or if the plan was concocted by Mayor 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.

What type of city allows its top officials, like 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, replacing it with three prisons with the ability to house 3,300 beds with the remainder of the prisoners will be freed or put in rehab or who knows what.

 

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