A woman confessed to committing multiple hate crime assaults, but New York’s new “bail reform” laws keeps putting her back on the street.


Tiffany Harris is the New Yorker who was arrested twice in three days for assault in late December, and released as many times with no bail, all thanks to NY’s new bail reform laws.

This is the proof that Americans are in real danger as long as these laws are on the books. 

Let’s take a look at what Harris is accused of.

In one of her recent run-ins with the law, Harris reportedly approached a group of Orthodox Jewish women.  The women, 22, 26, and 31-years-old, were slapped by Harris, who allegedly yelled, “F–k you, Jews!” as she assaulted them.

When questioned by police, Harris said, “Yes, I slapped them. I cursed them out. I said ‘F-U, Jews.’”

This attack was the eighth anti-Jewish hate crime in New York in that week alone, which was during Hanukkah.


Harris, while “ordered” to stay away from the three victims by the judge, was released without bail pending the upcoming bail reform legislation.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison called the pattern “alarming” and said, “We treat [the incidents] very seriously, and we make sure that our investigators do their best…to bring the individuals to justice.”

Too bad your mayor and your governor don’t possess the same fervor for justice as you, Chief.

Following Harris’ release, she allegedly committed another assault the very next day against another woman.  This time, she was accused of punching a 35-year-old woman in the face.  This woman was also Jewish, although it is unclear if Harris knew or at least thought she was.  The incident occurred in front of the victim’s two young children.

These two assaults took place within a mile of each other. 


After this second assault, which increased in severity, Harris again left the jail without having to pay a single dollar in bail.

 Judge Archana Rao had no choice due to the aforementioned bail reform. 

“We’re here two days after the defendant was here on another charge,” said Prosecutor Evan Hannay to the judge.

Hannay continued, “We believe the highest level of supervised release is appropriate.”

Judge Rao granted that request.  Harris was then required to check in periodically with a social worker while she waits for her court date.  That’s some high supervision right there.

Police had assured the victim that Harris would be held that time due to the incident being a hate-crime, a cousin of the victim said.  But they weren’t able to keep that promise. 

People from the Jewish community spoke out and complained that de Blasio said this spree of hate crimes was “unacceptable” and would be taken seriously, but it didn’t appear that it was being handled that way at all.


Despite her admission after the first incident, Harris pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges after the second. Those charges included assault in the third degree, menacing, and endangering the welfare of a child.

These bail reform laws don’t allow for a person charged with a misdemeanor to be held without bail, or to require bail be paid prior to release while they await their court date, even if the person “poses a risk to the community.”

Law enforcement is calling the bail reform “revolving-door injustice.” 

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President of the NYPD Sergeants’ Union, Ed Mullins, said, “I feel terrible for the people in the Jewish community who continue to be victimized by not only criminals, but now … this revolving-door legislation.”

Harris’ releases “points toward what everyone is worried about,” said Democratic Assemblyman Brian Barnwell representing Queens. Barnwell isn’t on the same page as his fellow Democrats and is seeking reform of the reforms.

“You have to give judges the power to consider the dangerousness of an individual,” Barnwell said, “and this is a case that highlights the need for this.”

As mentioned, Harris was to meet with her social worker after her release. Not surprisingly, she skipped that first appointment. 

New York Sheriff’s deputies had a warrant out for the now-fugitive around 5pm New Years Day.  She was arrested by 10pm.

According to the NY Post, an anonymous source came forward and said, “The Mayor’s Office was deeply concerned after learning that she was not in compliance with her supervised release and her erratic behavior was continuing.  They reached out to the court, who then calendared it to further investigate.”

The Post also reported that the court hearing transcript shows that Harris’ public defender complained to the judge that news coverage had led the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to contact both her and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, which was responsible for overseeing Harris.

Lisa Schreibersdorf, founder and executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, said, “The mayor of the executive branch of the government got involved because of a press case.  We’re on the cusp of reform taking place in a few hours from now, and that was not the press they wanted, so what they did was they tried to find a way to intervene in the court process in a different branch of government, getting everybody involved in trying to address this.”


De Blasio’s spokesperson Freddi Goldstein commented, “It is our job to help ensure supervised release works as it should.”

Perhaps that should start with assessing flight risks and further danger to the community, as Harris worked so hard to point out.

Harris had 13 prior arrests, some which were felonies, most which were assaults, before the December incidents.  Harris has been admitted for “mental health observation.”

Well, it’s about time.


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