Press Release About Bail Reform in New York

Over 100 Community, Legal, and Advocacy Groups Send Recommendations to Governor Cuomo for Effective Bail Reform  in New York

Momentum Building for Meaningful Change to Move New York Forward

New York: As momentum continues to build for bail reform in New York, yesterday, over 100 statewide and regional community groups, including advocacy and public defense organizations, sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo recommending how to achieve bail reform in the state. The urgent need for bail reform in New York is clear: thousands of people are being detained every year in jails simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom, contributing to profound racial disparities in the state’s justice system. 

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What's Cooking at Katal: A Letter from Katal's Co-Executive Directors

As we expand our work in Connecticut and New York to end mass incarceration and the drug war, we’re building new partnerships and pivoting to tackle new challenges. To gear up for legislative advocacy in 2018, in the months ahead we're pulling together a series of events in both CT and NY related to bail reform, ending mass incarceration, pre-arrest diversion, and more. We’re using a harm reduction approach to organize neighborhoods and communities around issues of public health and public safety. Our membership base is growing, and we're on the move.

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Criminal Justice Advocates Call on de Blasio to Provide Discount Fares for Poor New Yorkers

StreetsBlog NYC

Criminal justice advocates gathered outside City Hall this morning to call on Mayor de Blasio to fund discount transit fares for poor New Yorkers.

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Non-Jail Program For Low-Level Offenders Pitched In The Hill

New Haven Independent

The police get a call from Walmart that somebody has been caught shoplifting. The officers run the offender’s criminal history, and quickly find out that he has a 40-page rap sheet. Not 40 arrests; 40 pages.

Will one more arrest put this guy on the straight and narrow? Or is there another route, away from prison and toward social services, that would better change behavior, reduce recidivism, protect the community, and save the taxpayers money?

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Advocates set up a mock “supervised injection facility” in Lafayette Park


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A traveling exhibit modeling a pop-up “safer consumption space” was set up in Lafayette Square Wednesday afternoon.


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Advocates push drug consumption sites as solution to opioid epidemic in NY


ALBANY -- A group of health care professionals, public health experts and advocates believe one answer to New York’s opioid epidemic could be safer consumption spaces, which allow drug users to get high in a secure, supervised location.

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Capital Tonight: April 25

Spectrum News

On this episode of Capital Tonight: reports on state procurement reform, smoking and e-cigarette regulations, the future of Tesla following its merger last year with SolarCity. Interviews with Senator Daniel Squadron, Melody Lee from the Katal Center for Health, advocate K-Born Rivers, Stephen Ferrara and Joy Elwell from the Nurse Practicioners Association, John Boyd of the Boyd Company, and Insiders John McArdle and Morgan Hook.

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Push for safe injection sites in New York


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – In response to New York’s drug overdose crisis, a group of healthcare professionals and public health advocates are launching a statewide campaign, calling for safe injection sites.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #CLOSErikers Campaign Holds Major Rally to Demand City Move Forward Immediately with Clear Plans to Close Rikers Island

One year after public launch of Campaign, and weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio announces his support to close Rikers, hundreds gather to declare the proposed ten-year timeline is too long

closerikers.pngNew York, NY – Hundreds of members of the #CLOSErikers campaign gathered today at City Hall to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio take immediate action on his commitment to close Rikers Island. Advocates declared the Mayor’s proposed ten-year timeline to close Rikers is too long. They demanded the Mayor appoint someone to lead a speedy process of closing the facility, put forward a serious plan for closure, and immediately act on criminal justice reforms to reduce the Rikers population.

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City Heads West For A Policing LEAD

New Haven Independent

Eleven New Haven officials and activists flew to Seattle to seek an effective alternative to locking up street hookers and nonviolent drug abusers.

They come home convinced they found it.

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