Commentary
April 11, 2022

Hochul’s Regressive Bail Rollbacks Untethered From Evidence

By John Pfaff

The bail reform debate turns on data from data from New York State’s Office of Court Administration. But that data cannot answer the question of whether reform works.

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By John Pfaff

Eric Adams’ “Blueprint To End Gun Violence” Is a Trojan Horse

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Give People Safe Drugs

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