Lawmakers Take Sides in Debate Over Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Criminal justice reform legislation set to take effect in January has area lawmakers slamming or defending the new laws. State Senator David Carlucci, a supporter of the reform, says some of the laws could have unforeseen consequences, and changes should be made…

North Rockland and Orange County assemblyman Colin Schmitt says the package was passed during a late-night session with little discussion, and fears it’ll take a tragedy to fix it…

Schmitt says the laws will require local governments to spend lots more than they expected and that could be devastating for them. Western Ramapo and Orange County Assemblyman Karl Brabenec called the laws – quote – “one of the stupidest pieces of legislation this year” which included a long list of criminal charges that would no longer require bail…

Brabanec and Schmitt are looking to get the laws repealed, while Carlucci says they can be amended and fixed.

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