New York City will start bribing accused criminals to show up to court

New York City will start bribing accused criminals to show up to court

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new incentive program that would reward released suspects for showing up at their court dates.

The program. Some of the perks include baseball tickets, movie passes, and gift cards. A representative for de Blasio praised the policy, saying, “It will continue to use what are nationally recognized as highly effective ways to make sure folks return to court and not have the wasteful, time-consuming, costly warranting process that would otherwise be initiated should someone not return to court.”

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“In a world where we want speedier trials and we want the justice system to work, if small incentives are part of what actually makes it work, then that’s a smart policy,” de Blasio told WCBS on Wednesday. “It’s not something we developed. It’s something that has been worked on by experts over time and proven to work and proven to be a good investment.”

“I think people should ask a real basic question: ‘What’s going to get trials to happen on a regular basis, speedily?" he said. "What’s going to help us mete out justice the way it’s supposed to be done?"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed he didn’t know about the city’s incentive program. A senior staffer in Manhattan Criminal Court told the New York Post, “You’re literally rewarding them for committing a crime.”

The new policy could result in as many as 900 criminal suspects to be released from jail, Washington Examiner reports. It will take effect on Jan. 1.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill criticized the plan, saying, "But any reform package should allow judges to remand arrested persons who represent a danger to others, as measured by the gravity of the offense for which they have been arrested and also by the gravity of offenses they have committed."

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