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Mayor Sarno Provides Testimony to State Judiciary Committee in Support of Bail Reform Legislation

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno submitted testimony to the Commonwealth’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of State Representative Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Bail Reform legislation. House Bill (HB) 1839: An Act Relative to the Commonwealth’s Right to Appeal Bail Decisions is scheduled for a public hearing by the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Mayor Sarno states, “I want to again thank and commend Representative Angelo Puppolo for refiling our bail reform legislation.  This proposed legislation would give the Commonwealth and District Attorney’s equal footing when addressing violent repeat offenders as it relates to the ability of appealing bail set in District Court, it does not take away any current rights of defendants. It is to be one more tool in keeping violent offenders off our streets and to keep our residents and businesses safe.”

“Too often, we see repeat violent offenders involved and charged with guns, drugs and other violent crimes back on our streets and in our community on low or no bail,” Mayor Sarno continued. “What message does this send to our residents and business community who work with our SPD to get these individuals off our streets and make our neighborhood safe, only to see them back in their neighborhoods within hours or days doing the same crime(s) they were originally arrested on.  It is aggravating and frustrating for everyone.”

The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a virtual hearing for HB 1839 and other related bills on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.  For more information on pending state legislation, please visit the State Legislature website at www.malegislature.gov

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