April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform As we wrap up April, we have one last action on Criminal Justice Reform. New York State has been considering legislation S04572/A06653 - Close the "double jeopardy" loophole and enable prosecution in the event of certain Presidential pardons. Background: The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits individuals from being prosecuted twice for the same offense. However, th...More
April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform There are a lot of serious considerations around the question of impeachment, but the basic technicality is the Congress has a constitutional responsibility to investigate and pursue impeachment. Starting from that obligation, I ask this week that you: 1 - Take the time to read the redacted Mueller report (link here). I admit, I...More
April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform While I'm still pleased with the criminal justice reforms passed in the most recent New York State budget, it's been well over two years that we've been waiting for the results of an investigation into racial bias in New York prisons. The investigation ordered by Governor Cuomo was due to the reports of significantly higher punishments for Black and Latino prisoners. We need to see the findings to get a better understanding of...More
April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform Saratoga Springs added a much-needed Citizens Advisory Board in the past couple months. Prompted by concerns of inconsistent answers from our city regarding the death of Daryl Mount, Jr., the board is a positive step forward to engage both city government and residents in discussing concerns over policing practices in Saratoga Springs. That said, the Citizen's Advisory Board is extremely limited in scope and impact, and we nee...More
April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform We have been seeing much-needed reforms to the New York State criminal justice system in recent years - and the agreed 2020 budget just this past weekend highlighted even further reforms (source):More
- Reforming Bail and Pretrial Detention Reform: As part of ...