Elected officials, rabbis say hate crimes against Jewish community, bail reform not related

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More bail reform not less--that's the message from several Jewish organizations, rabbis and elected officials Thursday as they gathered on the steps of City Hall.

They say that hate crimes targeting Jewish people and bail reform are not related. The organizations are demanding that politicians do not roll back or make changes to bail reform, which went into effect Jan. 1.

The legislation has been criticized by some because suspects are released the following day after various crimes. Some in the Jewish community believe this ties the hands of judges who can't enforce serious offenders.

However, the group gathered outside City Hall says it pushed for bail reform, which eliminates cash bail and protects the presumption of innocence.

They say they don't like that hate crimes are being associated with bail reform because it's hard to determine success or failure within a few weeks. Instead, they say they want better solutions to anti-Semitism and community safety.

Many elected officials that helped pass bail reform stated that they stand by the legislation and will work to stop any rollbacks.

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