first_img“We need to put many of the crimes back on the books,” Akshar said. “That would allow judges to set bail like criminally negligent homicide [and] vehicular assault,” he said. Akshar also says he will be proposing legislation that would tighten the screws on repeat offenders. “The whole point of bail reform is to make the system more equitable but clearly people have expressed some concerns about unintended consequences,” Lupardo said. “If you’ve been convicted of a felony in the preceding ten years you would not be subject to this reform,” said Akshar. “Clearly you have posed a threat to public safety, you’ve posed a threat to the community in which you live,” Akshar said. Lupardo says while she hears those concerns, Judges do have options if they feel an accused individual does not belong back on the streets. She says that judges have the ability to send individuals to jail if they violate an order of protection or are alleged to have intimidated a victim or witness. “There is a feeling that we need to revisit the types of crimes that are eligible for bail in the first place and for judges to be able to assess flight risk,” Lupardo said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As lawmakers return to Albany on Wednesday, the issue of bail reform is still a major topic of conversation. The Bail Reform Law went into effect on Jan. 1. “They do have lots of options including keeping people in jail in lieu of bail and also the ability to put people on house arrest,” Lupardo said. State Senator Akshar says that many of the crimes covered by the bill need to be knocked off the list. “I take some satisfaction in knowing that the Democrats are now feeling the pressure from people across the state,” said State Senator Fred Akshar. “Whether they’re in Brooklyn, Buffalo or anywhere in between they know they need to make changes,” Akshar said. Assemblywoman Lupardo told 12 News that this is something that lawmakers will be looking into. “Those are some of the things we’re going to be talking about when we get back to Albany tomorrow,” she said. Something that Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says she hears loud and clear. last_img read more