Criminal-justice reform is devastating the very individuals it’s supposed to assist


We at the moment are seeing the damaging penalties of Albany’s criminal-justice “reforms.”

As The Post reported Saturday, road violence has killed 21 kids underneath the age of 18 simply this 12 months. Experts notice that the closing of in-person faculty through the pandemic and the overall upheaval of lockdowns led to extra younger individuals being enlisted into gangs. But these gangs additionally took tragic benefit of latest Raise the Age legal guidelines, a part of which permits and sometimes requires judges to ship even violent crimes to household courtroom.

“The gang members are allowing the younger people to do the shooting because there’s less consequences for them, especially if it’s a first, second or third offense,” a supply mentioned. “They say, ‘You traumatize a 16-year-old kid when you put them in jail with a grown man’ — but they’re out there doing grown-man things.”

Then, on Sunday, The Post revealed that New York City recorded 3,709 retail theft complaints in August — probably the most ever in a single month. Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez has been arrested 46 occasions this 12 months for retail theft, and he simply stored getting launched as a result of it isn’t a bail-eligible crime. It was solely when he allegedly assaulted somebody throughout a theft that he was locked up.

“Insanity,” tweeted NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea in response to the story. “No other way to describe the resulting crime that has flowed from disastrous bail-reform law.”

Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez
Career criminals like Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez drive small companies away from poorer neighborhoods.

From politicians — silence. They don’t care that shops are being robbed, and can simply blame firms after they inevitably determine, as they’ve in San Francisco, that the price of doing enterprise in, say, Jackson Heights, is just too excessive to stay open. And that neighborhood will endure.

As for useless teenagers, the issue is at all times nonetheless the police “harassing” gang members, somewhat than the lethal toll these gangs tackle younger males who’re all black or Hispanic.

Kyla Sobers, 16, a junior on the Cobble Hill School of American Studies, was simply sitting in a Brooklyn park when a bullet hit her Friday. Thank God she’s going to be OK, however how can we let this proceed? “It’s a park. It’s children playing,” mentioned her uncle, Dwayne Sobers, in disbelief. “Even if you live that kind of life, have some morals. There are children playing.”

“I think it’s a sign that the city is not working for the people, somehow,” mentioned Tony Karon, a journalist who lives close to the scene of Sobers’ capturing. “There is something wrong. This is not like a pathology of one kid here, one kid there. This is like a pattern, so something is wrong.”

In June, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, echoing the argument of many progressives, mentioned that whereas “any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much,” she needed to verify “that this hysteria, you know, that this doesn’t drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context.”

These are the numbers in context: 21 useless kids, greater than thrice the determine for a similar interval in 2020 and 2019. National homicides up 30 %, the most important one-year improve ever, says the FBI. And New York City has seen 26,385 shoplifting instances thus far in 2021, probably the most ever recorded within the 26 years the numbers have been tracked.

We have taken away the flexibility of police to keep up order. We have taken away the flexibility of judges to make judgments — to determine that maintaining somebody in custody will make our metropolis safer. It is hurting the very those that New York’s politicians declare to wish to assist.