Costly Capitol ‘crime’: Albany’s lazy legislating leaves DAs, cops and crime labs scrambling for funds to implement criminal justice reform -—The Legislature’s overhaul of New York’s antiquated criminal justice laws — curtailing cash bail, updating discovery rules and guaranteeing speedier trials — was long overdue. But because it happened in classic Albany fashion, a mad rush with no public hearings to speak of, the bakers left a few

Bernie Kerik went from America’s cop to America’s top criminal justice reform advocate. From his rise to New York’s top cop, to President George W. Bush’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, to serving three years in a federal prison, Bernie Kerik’s life has been full of ups and downs. But determined to make the comeback stronger than the setback, the former New York City Police Commissioner is back, and with a new purpose.