NY State Senate GOP Proposes ‘Victims’ Justice Agenda’
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Senate's Republican minority has introduced a package of legislation that it says would counter changes made to New York's criminal justice system by majority Democrats.
Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan, of Long Island, said Tuesday that Democrats who control the Senate and Assembly "swung way too far to the left" when they approved a series of criminal justice reforms earlier this year.
Those reforms included eliminating cash bail for non-violent arrests and ensuring a defendant's right to a speedy trial.
Flanagan and fellow GOP senators say the changes favor convicted criminals while weakening law enforcement and ignoring the plight of crime victims and their families.
The GOP's "Victims' Justice Agenda" contains 11 bills, including a measure that would make the sentence for first-degree murder be life imprisonment without parole.