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Ex-NY Gov. Paterson: NY Bail Reform 'Went Too Far'

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Former NY Governor David Paterson (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Heineken USA)

By    |   Sunday, 23 February 2020 01:11 PM

The New York legislature needs to the "do something" with the failing bail reform, because "it went too far," according to New York's first African-American governor.

"I would implore the other legislators in Albany to get back there, they go there every week, and to do something about it immediately," ex-Gov. David Paterson told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.

People who are "a danger to society" are being released into the public after being caught committing crimes, Paterson, a Democrat, told host John Catsimatidis.

"Last week we had a couple of incidents where people got out on bail and committed a crime the same day," Paterson added. "There was a guy who tried to assault a police officer a couple of months ago, and he was seen walking the streets the next day."

There are redeeming features of the reform, but it needs to be tweaked, he added.

"You don't want people sitting in jail for 18 months because they couldn't afford $200 bail, which is actually what happened to some people," he said. "At the same time, you don’t want anyone coming out on bail who is a danger to society."

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