If you're still not sure how you feel about bail reform, consider this news story as evidence that it might not be the best idea.
Like many other big cities around the country, New York recently eliminated bail for crimes deemed "non-violent", but for some reason violent criminals have been benefiting from the new rule.
An assault suspect in Troy, New York was arrested three times in one day because police were forced to release him after the arrests.
Scott Nolan, who has a 50-page long criminal record, was arrested three times over the span of just seven hours as police officers in Troy, New York, had to continuously free him from their custody due to a bail reform law passed by statewide Democrats and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
The crimes for which bail has been eliminated in New York include second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, or aggravated vehicular homicide.
According to the Troy Police Department, Nolan was arrested early in the morning and charged with shoplifting. Rather than keeping him in jail on bail, he was released with a note to appear in court at a later date for the charge.
Then, less than six hours later, Nolan was arrested for allegedly assaulting a man. Troy police officers arrested him and freed him again. About two hours later, Nolan was arrested for the third time in seven hours for allegedly hitting a person with a brick.
Nolan was charged with second-degree attempted assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Only the second-degree attempted assault charge is keeping the accused criminal in jail, as the bail reform law frees suspects accused of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Photo: Troy PD