On April 3rd, 2017 the South Plainfield Borough Council members unanimously passed Resolution 17-176, urging the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate to repeal SCR128, which was critical in enacting the new bail reform regulations. It is my understanding that none of the elected officials that were sent this resolution have responded to the Borough.
As many of us are aware, in 2014, a public question was voted on which passed the current bail reform. This public question is considered by many to have been misleading, and seems to have passed under the guise that public safety would be enhanced instead of compromised. I applaud the efforts of our South Plainfield Police Department in keeping our residents safe, and for their efforts in fighting crime while taking a front and center stance in explaining the practical problems with the New Bail Reform regulations.
Although passing 17-176 was a good first step, proclamations and platitudes are not enough, and more needs to be done. Any change in law whether it is federal, state or local that compromises the safety of the public is a problem that must be addressed at every level of government.
This is why last night I asked for support from Mayor Anesh and our Council in meeting with State Senator Diegnan to facilitate reversal or modification of the changes that have weakened New Jersey’s Public Safety.
As a government official and a mother of four the effect of Bail Reform on our state and our community is a very serious concern. I look forward to working together with everyone on this important issue.