Families, anti-violence groups demand changes to state bail reform laws

Dominique Rivera, the widow of slain NYPD Det. Jason Rivera, joined members of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. Tuesday, hoping to have their voices heard.

News 12 Staff

Apr 6, 2022, 12:00 AM

Updated 811 days ago

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Families and anti-violence groups are demanding that changes be made to bail reform laws, a topic that is a crucial sticking point to the state's delayed budget.
Dominique Rivera, the widow of slain NYPD Det. Jason Rivera, joined members of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. Tuesday, hoping to have their voices heard.
"Please listen to us," says Rivera. "We don't want this to happen again."
The group urged Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and other members of the state Legislature to make changes that will make the streets safer. The group wants judges to have more discretion to order bail and detain defendants based on their criminal history. There's is also a push to make crimes against subway riders and gun crimes eligible for bail.
Jacqueline Hodge, the mother of NYPD Det. Shawn Carrington, who was shot and killed in a drug bust in the Bronx over two decades ago, says the bill to fix bail reform should have been signed a long time ago.
Also wanting action is Eve Hendricks, who lost her child to gun violence. She pleaded with lawmakers to listen to what the public wants.


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