Up Close: Bernard Kerik

Diana Williams talks with former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik about his call for prison reform
February 16, 2014 9:05:00 AM PST
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik used to put bad guys behind bars. Now, as a convicted felon himself, he's calling for changes to the criminal justice system.

In 2010, Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison for felonies including tax fraud and lying to the White House during the vetting process for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Kerik spent three of the four years behind bars and the rest under home confinement.

He's now a free man, but he says the time spent in jail has changed his views on the criminal justice system, and he joined us to discuss prison reform.

Also this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio is laying out a proposal to create official ID cards for New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants.

The city council is drafting a bill in support of municipal ID's and it's expected to pass.

But some in Albany are saying not so fast.

Joining us are Republican State Senator Greg Ball from Putnam County, who has dubbed the mayor's proposal the 'de Blasio Terrorist Empowerment Act', and Democratic City Councilman from Queens Daniel Dromm, who is the author of the municipal ID bill.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.