As of January 1st, a new bail reform prohibits judges from setting bail for an extensive list of crimes. Since then, about 90 inmates have been released from the Oneida County Jail.
Bail reform was enacted to eliminate jail time for people who have not been found guilty of minor crimes. However, Oneida County Sheriff, Robert Maciol, says there are 400 crimes in the penal law that bail can no longer be set for including manslaughter, robbery and burglary in the second-degree.
When lawmakers were drafting the bail reform, Maciol says they did not reach out and get opinions from law enforcement, “This whole thing was rushed through. There was no debate. There was no chance for experts to speak on it and it’s a failed reform, its failed.”