Improving Public Safety
For our State to return to a vibrant economic and cultural center, politicians need to take seriously the rise in violent crime experienced since 2020.
New Yorkers know that the ability to feel safe and secure cannot be a luxury.
Here Are the Facts
- From 2020 to 2021, the number of violent crimes reported rose 8% across New York State.
- From 2020 to 2021, murders spiked 28% across the State, as well.
- In 2021, New York State saw a 59% increase in Car Thefts compared to 2019.
- More than 75% of New Yorkers are at least somewhat concerned they will fall victim to violent crime.
- The City of Buffalo experienced a 28% increase in individuals killed by gun violence from 2020 to 2021.
- In a recent survey* of likely Democratic voters across New York State, 23%identified crime and public safety as their number one issue, outpacing the second most common response by 6%.
*Poll conducted by Probolsky Research, February 2022.
(Source for all data: NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services)
One reason for the increase in crime since 2020, has been the bail reform law which began in January of 2020.
In the first full year after implementation of bail reform:
- Approximately one-fifth of released individuals were rearrested while the initial case was still pending.
- There were 2,051 arrests of individuals for violent felonies after their release from custody or following arraignment on an initial charge.
- There were 429 cases where individuals were out on bail and rearrested for violent felony charges with a firearm.
While Governor Hochul has taken steps this year to right these wrongs, including expanding the number of bail eligible offenses and toughening penalties for firearm possession, this was merely a good start.
We need our elected officials to take these concerns seriously and use their position as legislators to act now and keep our citizens safe.
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