Bail reform strikes again: Man out on bond for 2019 murder charged with murder again

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HOUSTON, TX- In yet another case of bail reform appearing to be an abject failure, another victim has been claimed from a killer who should by all intents and purposes be locked up.

ABC-13 in Houston reports that Treveon Tatum, 20, who was charged with murder in 2019 and managed to post a $50,000 bond has been accused of murder in the shooting death of John Kelly, 20, according to court documents.

In the original case, Tatum was charged with murder in the shooting death of Ondreus Patterson outside a Cypress Bay Drive home in the city.

The latest shooting involving Tatum occurred on Feb. 8 just after 1:00 a.m. Police say two others were wounded on that date after a hail of bullets were fired into a crowd where sheriff’s deputies say either a party or gathering in an apartment parking lot was occurring.

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For Patterson’s mother, she said she has been trying to get Tatum off the streets ever since he was initially released on the paltry bond.

“If they would have done right by Dreu (Ondreus) the first time, someone else’s loved one wouldn’t be gong and have to go through what I have to go through,” Crystal Johnson said.

After he was released on bond in the 2019 murder, he managed to get himself arrested for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident that occurred in April 2020.

In that case, Judge Josh Hill set Tatum’s bond at $150,000, forcing him to stay locked up until he was eventually able to post bond about a year later. Prosecutors attempted to revoke his bond on the murder charge, however he was able to make bond a second time and managed to actually stay out of jail for a period of time.

According to court records, Tatum violated his bond a number of times related to curfew violations and issues involving his GPS monitoring system.

For Johnson, Tatum’s latest brush with the law comes as no surprise and she expressed outrage that the judge has been far too lenient with him.

“You have had two charges, multiple violations. You don’t come to court, you have an ankle monitor on and that doesn’t work,” she said. “You can do whatever you want and there’s no consequences.”

After the latest incident, Tatum (finally) remains behind bard, and in this latest case he is being held without bond. ABC-13 says he is scheduled for a court appearance this coming week.

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For more on the failures of bail reform, we bring you the failure of a governor, New York’s Kathy Hochul:

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ALBANY, NY – Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul has recently declared that she needs “data” to determine whether increasing New York crime is related to the state’s easy-on-crime bail reform laws.

In 2019, the state of New York passed several “criminal justice reform” laws, which were implemented beginning in 2020.

As stated by the Center for Court Innovation,

“In January 2020, New York State put into effect sweeping criminal justice legislation, strictly curtailing the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, overhauling rules governing the sharing of evidence, and strengthening measures intended to ensure a defendant’s right to a speedy trial.”

According to a January, 2022, analysis in the New York Post, the state of New York is paying a heavy price for these soft-on-crime laws.

The Post reports that an attempt to correct the problems in the laws was tried in July of 2020, but:

“New data from the state’s Office of Court Administration clearly shows that the ‘fix’ did not go nearly far enough.

“The data cover arrests made from July 1, 2020, through Aug. 30, 2020, the first two months of the new law, and prove what many prosecutors and police have been saying: The rise in crime is due to repeat offenders being released back onto the streets after arrest.”

The Post reviewed data on 3,680 defendants who were arrested for felonies between July 1, 2020 to Aug. 30, 2020.

Statistics show that 70%, or 2,564 of those, already had a “prior or pending case.” Actually, in the group of 2,564, there were over 11,539 prior convictions.

Also among those 70% were 594 defendants that had a “prior pending violent felony offense  — burglary, attempted murder, assault, rape or kidnapping — when they were arraigned.”

Anecdotes abound of criminals who have been released to reoffend.

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As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, there has been a spate of violent crimes in New York committed by suspects who were coddled under the criminal justice reform laws.

For example, 17-year-old gang member Steven Mendez, who was “once arrested for pulling a gun on his own mother,” was out on the street after an arrest for a violent armed robbery when he gunned down 21-year-old victim Saiko Koma in a case of gang-related mistaken identity.

After his trial for armed robbery, the judge had granted Mendez probation, over the objections of the prosecutors.

Also for example, serial shoplifter, 22-year-old Isaac Rodriguez, had been arrested at least 50 times in 2021.

As Law Enforcement Today previously reported:

“Under New York’s ‘get out of jail free’ criminal justice system, the larceny and stolen property charges don’t qualify for bail.”

Anecdotes and data readily available to the public, and certainly available to New York Governor Kathy Hochul, however, appear to hold no water for Hochul.

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Hochul told The Post-Journal:

“I’m looking for the data that shows me that bail reform is the reason that somehow crime is going up.”

She added:

“I’m focused on what I have control over right now.”

According to The Post-Journal, Democratic leaders appear to be in agreement with Hochul’s stance, whereas New York City Mayor Eric Adams evidently is not.  The publication notes:

“The Democratic leaders of the two chambers of the Legislature have signaled they have no immediate plans to revise the latest version of the bail law, despite pressure on them to do so from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat and former police officer.”

Hochul’s Democratic rival in New York’s upcoming gubernatorial race, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island) has also disagreed with Hochul’s position, saying:

“By refusing to add a dangerousness standard and to give judges more discretion, Hochul is standing against common sense.”

The Post-Journal also reports that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-North Country), and five other New York GOP members of Congress, penned a letter to Hochul on the subject of criminal justice reform, calling for her to:

“prioritize public safety over irresponsible policies put forward by the far left.”

Furthermore, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Association of Police Chiefs have also called for judges to be able to use discretion in bail matters by ascertaining the “dangerousness” of criminals.

As reported by The Post-Journal, Hochul has outlined a few of her current approaches to the problem of New York crime.

For instance, she plans to hire “social media analysts” to scour social media and “flag messages that could be preludes for acts of violence.”

In addition, she plans to implement “gun interdiction efforts” near the state border with Pennsylvania, as gun smugglers reportedly purchase weapons at Pennsylvania gun shows and transport them across state lines to New York.

Hochul also plans to establish a new state Office of Gun Violence Prevention as a part of the State Department of Health.

The Post-Journal adds:

“Appointed to run the new bureaucracy is Calliana Thomas, whose job will include directing resources to emerging gun violence hot spots and collaborating with the Division of Criminal Justice Services.”

Hochul said of her strategies to address crime:

“We are coming at this issue with all the resources we can deploy.”

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Police-defunded NYC’s “bail reform” resulting in 4 in 10 alleged criminals being rearrested for new crimes

Originally published February 5, 2022

NEW YORK, NY – Recent reports from New York were obtained by The City which shows that the recidivism rate is massively increasing since supervised release programs have been expanded.

According to The City, certain criminals that have been deemed a high flight risk had been released on a program called Supervised Release.

The program is made up of trained social workers who are assigned certain at-risk offenders in attempts to provide them not only services, but also to ensure that they show up to court dates.

While this seems like it could be a good idea, trends over the last three years are showing steady increases of those that are released on this type of program and reoffending, often time committing new felony violations.

The City, after looking at the numbers, alleges that four out of every ten people released on the Supervised Release program go on to reoffend.

The unit that oversees the program, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) noted in 2018, only 8 percent of those in the Supervised Release Program went on to reoffend. That number increased in 2019 to 10 percent and in 2020 that number reached 13 percent.

The percentages reported by the MOCJ are very low and disputed. The City wrote:

“But an analysis by THE CITY of data compiled by the state Office of Court Administration and the state Division of Criminal Justice Services reveals a much higher rate more recently: 23% of those freed on supervised release were re-arrested on felony charges from January 2020 through June 2021.”

They also claim that the percentages climb to 41 percent if you factor in those felons being arrested for misdemeanors while in the supervised release program. The City wrote:

“In all, four out of every 10 individuals placed in the supervised release program from Jan. 1, 2020, through June 2021 were rearrested after being freed.”

Democratic New York Mayor Eric Adams believes that numbers like those found by The City are causing crime trends to increase. He believes that the laws should be revised to allow New York judges the discretion as to when to assign bail to a defendant, and how much. He said:

“We must allow judges to take dangerousness into account [when setting bail or releasing a defendant]. New York is the only state in the country that does not allow a judge to detain a defendant who poses a threat to the community.

“Forty-nine other states, as well as the federal government, allow judges to consider a defendant’s dangerousness. New York must catch up.”

It’s something that Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks agrees with:

“Many judges – we’ve got most of our judges who sit on criminal cases – would like more discretion in making determinations about bail and release of people accused of crimes.”

Marks believes that there should be some leeway written into the laws so that it is up to a fully informed judge as to whether the defendant should be released or held on bond. He said:

“But I think it’s fair to say that individual judges would like to have more discretion in making these decisions and feel that they would be able to fairly and effectively make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

“To me, that’s a fair characterization of how most judges who sit on criminal cases in the state Unified Court System feel.”

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It’s happening: New York’s “bail reform” leads to spate of violent crimes by repeat offenders in NYC

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a retired police chief and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

NEW YORK CITY- Someday when 2021 gets a title of “Year of” something…it likely will be along the lines of the “Year of the Criminal.”

In major cities across the U.S. such as LA, Chicago, and New York, that is a pretty accurate description of 2021. Let’s put our focus on the Big Apple, New York City.

The “City That Never Sleeps” couldn’t sleep this year, what with crime running rampant, courtesy of a combination of cowardly judges, liberal bail reform laws passed by far-left do-gooders in Albany, and a police department weary of budget cuts, retirements and officers outright quitting.

Not to mention  being micro-managed on a daily basis by the outgoing communist-sympathizing mayor, Bill de Blasio.

Perhaps nothing had the most obvious effect on crime in New York than the absurd bail-reform laws passed in 2019, which basically removed all discretion from judges in setting bail on pretty much all misdemeanors and a good chunk of so-called non-violent felonies, the New York Post reports.

To make matters worse, some far-left lunatic judges took it a step further, cutting defendants loose in far more serious cases, including violent felonies. How about some examples?

In October, 21-year-old college student Saiko Koma was shot in the head in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity by a reputed gang member, 17-year-old Steven Mendez, the Post reported.

So bad a guy is Mendez that he was once arrested for pulling a gun on his own mother. In 2020, Mendez was arrested in connection with a violent armed robbery. Instead, he was out on the street when he gunned down Koma in a botched gang hit.

Koma’s despondent mother told the Post, “The judge let him go, but I’m not letting [it] go. My son will get justice. This is crazy.”

Koma’s father slammed the judge who cut Mendez loose.

“What is wrong with this judge? If this was the judge’s son, or his nephew or a relative, he would not let him go. The city, the mayor. If this was his kid, they would not let him go. They do not care about us.”

Mendez had been arrested for first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, and felony gun possession charges in connection with the July 17, 2020, armed robbery in The Bronx.

Mendez was prosecuted as a “youthful offender” and in May, Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle granted him probation over prosecutors’ objections, who wanted him sent to prison.

But judges get absolute immunity and cannot be sued, unlike police officers. Mendez could have been locked up for four years for the robbery. Instead, he was free to kill an innocent college student.

How about another frequent flyer? Isaac Rodriguez, a serial shoplifter has been arrested 50 times…this year, yet he keeps getting released. Twenty-two years old, he currently has 23 open cases In Queens, all part of a rap sheet a mile long consisting of 74 arrests since 2015, court records show.

According to authorities, Rodriguez likes him some Walgreens, having hit one in Jackson Heights 37 times, but has hit a number of other retailers where he steals everything from baby formula to Victoria’s Secret merchandise.

Under New York’s “get out of jail free” criminal justice system, the larceny and stolen property charges don’t qualify for bail.

“I don’t know how these [cases] have been handled, but clearly there has been no consequence,” according to one police source who spoke to the Post.

It took an assault in a June 7 gang attack on a 39-year-old man that Rodriguez was finally locked up…for now. He’s currently being held at Riker’s Island on $10,000 bail.

How about a burglar? That’s Juan DelValle, a serial burglar who was so good at avoiding jail time that NYPD cops started calling him “Teflon.”

He’s “only” been arrested 30 times, and has five open cases in Manhattan and Brooklyn, however that didn’t stop a judge from releasing him without bail on August 15 on the most recent prior burglary case. Prosecutors had asked for a $10,000 bail. Sorry, no dice…not in New York.

While on the lam, DelValle was being sought in connection with more than a dozen other burglaries after police found 20 laptops, a stolen 9mm handgun and illegal drugs at his apartment in a taxpayer-funded Brooklyn public housing project.

NYPD officers finally picked up DelValle at the end of August on felony burglary charges, and he is currently locked up, being held on $10,000 bail, according to court records.

Child molester? New York’s got some of them too and once again a judge let one loose on the streets after he was pinched on a burglary case. After being freed, the 31-year-old homeless man, Raymond Wilson broke into a 10-year-old girl’s bedroom this past June and “only” rubbed his genitals on her.

Wilson, another frequent flyer but a rookie compared to some of the others mentioned, had been arrested on burglary charges at least a dozen times.

“The victim felt something slimy on her feet and noticed that the defendant was rubbing his penis on her toes,” said Manhattan prosecutor Meghan McNulty in court.

“The victim screamed for her parents but no one was home except her younger sister, who was sleeping in another room,” McNulty said.

Only one month before that incident, Wilson was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary in a separate case, but due to New York’s woke bail policies, he had to be released because judges aren’t permitted to set bail on a third-degree burglary crime.

Detectives were able to track Wilson through DNA obtained from a water bottle he left behind; he is currently being held on $500,000 bail at Rikers Island on the sex abuse charges.

Back to a gangbanger, this time Alberto Ramirez. Bronx Judge Denis Boyle lowered his bail on a gun case, and he promptly then used it to kill a father of two.

We’ve raised this question before for the anti-gun nuts who think legislating against legal gun owners will prevent crime. If you’re not going to enforce the damn laws already on the books, what is the point of more laws? Other than to punish law-abiding gun owners?

Oh by the way, Boyle was the same judge who had cut Mendez loose, as a point of information. Boyle freed Ramirez, 17, on March 2, lowering his bail from $75,000 to $10,000 despite objections from Bronx prosecutors.

On May 16, according to prosecutors, Ramirez decided to fire randomly into a crowd on a rival gang’s turf, with one of his bullets striking and killing 34-year-old Eric Velasquez, an innocent bystander.

One anonymous police source told the Post, “How many bites of the apple does someone get before someone gets killed?”

Ramirez was arrested on June 7, and is still currently being held without bail on murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges.

How about someone who shoves a NYPD cop onto subway tracks? Ricardo Hernandez did that on April 17, shoving an Asian NYPD officer onto tracks in Queens, leading to him being charged with three hate crimes. So, he was clearly locked up right? Not so much.

“My hands are tied because under the new bail rules, I have absolutely no authority or power to set bail on this defendant for this alleged offense,” said Queens Supreme Court Justice Louis Nock at Hernandez’s arraignment.

Hernandez, 32, had at least a dozen arrests on his record, however shoving an NYPD officer onto subway tracks is apparently not worthy of cash bail.

Hernandez walked up to the officer, who was undercover on the N train platform in Dutch Kills and said, “I will fuck you up. This is my house.”

The officer was not seriously hurt, but that’s beside the point…he could have been. Hernandez later pleaded guilty to a violation in the case, which was then sealed according to a spokeswoman for the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Even the New York Post and Fox News fell victim to the state’s bogus bail laws on Dec. 8, when the All-American Christmas Tree was set afire by a serial criminal, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Of course, arson doesn’t warrant a cash bail, so the suspect, Craig Tamanaha was cut loose without bail. He also has a lengthy rap sheet. The Post and Fox are both owned by News Corp.

The state’s bail reform laws have had serious negative consequences, not only in New York City but across the entire state.

While incoming de Blasio replacement Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer has complained about the bail measures, he’s the mayor of New York, with little sway on a statewide basis.

Moreover, Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took over when Andrew Cuomo resigned, appears to be an even more committed leftist than Cuomo was. So it is not likely the Big Apple will get any help from Albany.

In fact, the Post reached out to state lawmakers as well as Hochul this past week, and neither is interested in discussing the issue.

As expected, state court officials defend judges’ “discretion” when setting bail, although in many cases judges have no discretion whatsoever.

“Judges are unique in the criminal justice system, particularly during arraignments, in that with limited information they exercise their discretion in case after case while having to decide what is fair and equitable both for the defendant and society, which at times can seem to be at cross purposes,” said Lucian Chalfen, court spokesman in an email to the Post.

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