New York state Republicans have proposed a victims' justice agenda

05.01.19 | Bob Price

The state Senate's Republican minority has introduced a package of bills that it says will counter changes made to New York's criminal justice system. GOP leader John Flanagan says Democrats who control the Democrat and Assembly have swung way too far left when they approved a series of criminal justice reforms earlier this year.

Those reforms include eliminating cash bail and and insuring a defendant's right to a speedy trial.

Flanagan and fellow GOP senators say the changes favor convicted criminals while weakening law enforcement and ignoring the plight of crime victims and their families.

The GOP's Victims' Justice Agenda contains 11 bills, including a measure that makes the sentence for first degree murder life in prison without parole.