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Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced today that an inmate released from the Delaware County Correctional Facility on Tuesday afternoon as a direct result of New York State’s new Bail Reform laws that went into effect on January 1, 2020, was re-arrested and committed to the Delaware County Correctional Facility on new charges hours after his release on recognizance.

Eusebio Jax-Mejia, 21, (photo above) who reports being homeless, and who is affiliated with the violent MS-13 street gang, was released from the Delaware County Correctional Facility at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon upon order of the Village of Walton Court. Jax-Mejia was originally arrested by the Village of Walton Police Department early on the morning of January 1, 2020, and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and False Personation, a class B misdemeanor. Jax-Mejia was accused of possessing a stolen vehicle from Dutchess County and giving Walton Police Officers a false name that morning.

Hours after his release on recognizance Tuesday afternoon, Jax-Mejia was arrested by New York State Police and accused of stealing a vehicle from the parking lot of the Delaware County Public Safety Building minutes after his release from jail. Jax-Mejia was subsequently charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, another class D felony, and was committed to the Delaware County Correctional Facility by Town of Stamford Justice Lamport pending further action.

Speaking on the arrest, Sheriff Craig DuMond remarked “This is just one of many examples of the failed so-called bail reform legislation that was enacted on January 1st. Dangerous criminals throughout New York State are being released after committing violent, felony-level acts only to re-offend and continue to commit dangerous felony-level acts, creating victims and wreaking havoc in their wake. Does Governor Cuomo

and our State Legislature really believe that dangerous criminals who are immediately released will not re-offend and instead show up for court? Real victims are being created by the hour and real lives are being lost. When will they come to their senses and fix the problems they created? The people of New York State are crying out and their voices are falling on deaf ears. The first duty of any public official is to provide for the safety of the people they represent and, currently, they are failing miserably. I call upon the Governor and State Legislature to put politics aside and immediately address the dangerous pieces of bail and discovery reform”.