Criminal justice reforms shouldn’t simply gut, or throw away systems that have worked.
That’s the message from Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, who spoke with Finger Lakes News Radio earlier this week.
He says that members of law enforcement and prosecutors are fighting a battle of public opinion.
As an example, he pointed to changes in the bail system – which move many crimes to a ‘cashless bail’ standard as a challenge.
Budelmann says it’s a danger to crime victims.
“If we don’t have time to mobilize victim’s groups, the police agencies, the sheriff’s associations, chiefs associations – these are the people who have to speak up,” he told Finger Lakes News Radio.
Lawmakers have focused their attention on criminal justice reforms, which have received mixed reviews from those in law enforcement.