There is an urgent need for bail reform in New York. Thousands of New Yorkers are detained each year simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. This wealth-based detention is unjust, inhumane, and discriminatory. Yet unlike other states, New York’s bail statute and bail practices make reform particularly complicated. Differences in how bail works between New York City and Upstate New York are so extreme that while New York has one bail statute, in practice there are two distinct bail systems in the state.
Additionally, New York’s statute has features which make it different than other states, and provide unique opportunities for sensible fixes. Katal is working with advocates around New York to develop effective bail reform plans that account for the complexity of bail in the Empire State and ensure that those directly impacted by punitive bail practices are part of the process to devise smart solutions.
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