“I’m Grateful”–Career Criminal Praises New York’s Bail Reform Law

Law-abiding citizens are struggling in New York–crime is rampant. 

Criminals are thriving.

58-year-old Career Criminal Charles Wold said he was “grateful” for New York’s bail reform laws.

Wold is accused of robbing a deli on November 28th and then over the next nine days he robbed another four businesses.

From The New York Post:

A career criminal eyed in a slew of burglaries in Brooklyn and Manhattan has been free to maraud city businesses at will thanks to what he called the state’s “great” bail reform laws, The Post has learned.

“I’m grateful for [bail reform] because I’m too old to go to jail, I’m way too old, I can’t do it,” Charles Wold, 58, said in a phone interview Friday.

Wold, a longtime drug addict, is accused of burglarizing seven different businesses in Brooklyn alone, plus another three in Manhattan, in the course of just three months. But each time cops hauled him in, he was released because of the state’s controversial reform laws, court records show.

“Rikers Island is not the key, you know what I’m saying? I’ve been in jail all my life, I can do that standing on my head, it’s not teaching me anything, I can get more drugs in there than I can out here,” he said. “Hopefully the DA will see that I did not do all these crimes that they are accusing me of and they will get dismissed.”

Charles Wold has 32 prior arrests that date back to 1983.

11 of those arrests were in 2021 alone.

One major part of New York’s bail reform laws stopped judges from setting bail on nearly all misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

From The New York Post:

Between lenient judges and liberal state bail reform laws, a slew of violent criminals landed back on the streets — only to reoffend.

The soft-on-crime statute, passed by state lawmakers in 2019 and tweaked in 2020, stripped judges of discretion by barring them from setting bail on nearly all misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

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