Calling for common sense solutions to prevent violent crimes in New Jersey, Assembly Republicans Dave Rible, Donna Simon and BettyLou DeCroce said today that bail reform would be an effective way to prevent violent offenders from repeating a crime before their case went to trial.
“Keeping dangerous offenders behind bars is a common sense way to prevent them from harming another innocent man, woman or child in our neighborhoods,” said Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “Law enforcement supports this reform, which would bring New Jersey’s bail policy for dangerous offenders in line with the federal courts and 48 other states. If our intent is to prevent violence, this reform should be on the top of the list.”
Rible, Simon and DeCroce, sponsor ACR-153, bipartisan legislation to permit voters to decide whether New Jersey should deny bail for dangerous defendants. They have requested Speaker Oliver add the resolution, which stalled last summer, to the Assembly’s Feb. 21 session.
“We can reduce the risk of violence in our communities by taking a reasonable approach to keep violent offenders behind bars,” Assemblywoman Donna Simon, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex, said. “Statistics show that one in six offenders commits another crime while released on bail. Those are not safe odds especially when we read so many tragic stories involving criminals and illegal guns.”
The Assembly Republicans pointed to what the Star-Ledger in 2010 called “A case in point” on bail reform –Jose Carranza, who had been previously charged with child rape and assault before participating in the 2007 triple murder schoolyard shootings in Newark.
“Adding a reasonable measure of protection for the public is a long-overdue reform that members of both parties have supported for several years,” Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, R-Morris, Passaic and Essex, said. “We need to finish the job on bail reform before another tragedy occurs. This is more than criminal justice policy, it’s true common sense gun safety that will prevent perpetrators from killing innocent people.”