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Mar. 21, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. joined with Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., Nassau DA Madeline Singas and Suffolk DA Tim Sini in an Op-Ed in the New York Daily News showing their support for the Governor’s Criminal Justice Reform package but calls on the State Legislature to reconsider the proposals as written citing the safety of witnesses, victims and others.

In part, the Op-Ed reads:

“We support reform, and we want to see it enacted, but our concerns are real and, we believe, shared by the people we serve.

We believe that our positions — that witness and victim personal information should not be turned over without their consent, and that individuals who pose a safety threat to others should not be released while their cases are pending — are simply common sense.

The governor and the Legislature have heard our specific misgivings and have invited us to suggest changes that we believe will make these bills more protective of the safety of victims, witnesses, and the public.”

 

Read the entire Opinion article here: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Reforms fraught with serious risk: Yes, reform discovery and bail. No, don’t endanger the public in the process.