Gov. Chris Christie gave a speech Wednesday on bail reform which Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson was present at. Jackson told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the governor is going in the right direction with bail reform.
“I think it’s an opportunity first for us to look at how we can advance with what the governor talked about yesterday, bail reform, and he talked about a few issues in the city where individuals who were recently let go were back on our streets to commit more crime. I think it’s time for a reform and I think he’s moving in the right direction,” said Jackson.
Jackson said that over the last few years, individuals getting out of jail with bail were back to committing more crimes. He said that bail reform would help keep violent offenders in jail and that individuals with lesser issues would have the opportunity to get out of jail.
Individuals with lesser offenses who aren’t considered dangerous would be allowed to keep working and support their families, according to Jackson.
“I think it’s important that we take these steps to make sure we are fair in our judicial process but make sure that we’re keeping the most violent offenders locked away,” said Jackson.
Jackson said that he is hopeful that the legislation will move forward in a way that will work for the entire state.
Meanwhile in Trenton, the city is on track to match last year’s high number of homicides. Jackson said that he has been having conversations with the city’s acting police director on how to combat violence. Along with the conversations with the acting police director, Jackson said that the city has been working to engage the community to become a partner to fight crime in the city.
Recently the city of Trenton has hosted community forms where members of the community and officials have discussed how to deal with the issues in the city.
“We have members of our community coming out to talk about how they can be engaged to help our government to work better for them as residents,” said Jackson. “They’ve given us some real good suggestions on how to deal with the issues, how to engage our community to be a part of that process. So we’re looking forward to engaging along with our police strategies to make it better as we go through this last summer month of August, as we go into our fall season.”
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