Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell spoke candidly Wednesday regarding bail reform and her plea for judges to consider threat levels of those arrested.
While celebrating the return of the TCS Marathon in Central Park on Nov. 2, Sewell spoke with amNewYork Metro after the event on her thoughts on the controversial act, stating that while she feels the reform stemmed from good intentions, the practice itself may not be serving the public at large and that it should look at each individual in question.
“We all believe that those reforms were well meaning. I think we asked for judges to be able to consider whether the person is a public safety threat before deciding whether to remand, release or set bail. I think it’s important that we make sure that we look at whether or not the discovery rules are really keeping the criminal justice system moving in the direction that we need to move in. So, we’ve made that point clear from the very beginning, and we hope they’ll consider that in the very near future,” Police Commissioner Sewell said.