Read Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, Part 1 here.
PDF version of Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, Part 2 [for print], here.
What Happened? Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, Part 2
New York just passed historic pretrial justice reforms. Given that the governor, Senate leaders, and the Assembly speaker made public commitments to end cash bail, why didn’t that happen? And what does it mean? This summary reviews how the new law came to be and explores why it looks the way it does.
Rikers Island Jail Complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction.
To make sense of bail reform in Albany, it helps to know a bit about what kind of law we have in New York, and why. On bail, there are a few things that make NY different than other states. Understanding this helps to untangle the knotty debate taking place now.Read more
Statement from Advocates and Communities Regarding Senate Bail Reform Proposal in "Big Ugly" Bill S9097
This weekend, the Senate Republicans released a "Big Ugly" bill—S9097—which includes a proposal to “reform” bail practices in New York. This proposal disregards the need for bold and sweeping bail reform that will drastically reduce pretrial detention across the state and end disparities in our jails.Read more
STATEMENT BY COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ADVOCATES ON THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY PASSING WALKER BAIL REFORM BILL A10137A
For Immediate Release
For inquiries, contact: gabriel sayegh, [email protected]
(New York): Today, the New York State Assembly took a bold step towards making our criminal justice system fairer by passing bail reform bill A10137A, sponsored by Assemblywoman Latrice Walker. This comprehensive bill will address and rectify the wealth-and race-based disparities that plague our criminal justice system, while simultaneously restoring fairness and equality to a system that routinely punishes poor and vulnerable New Yorkers.Read more
Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Join Law Enforcement, Faith Leaders, Public Defenders and Families of Kalief Browder and Pedro Hernandez to Address Biased Policies Targeting Low-Income New Yorkers and People of Color
New York, NY - Yesterday, criminal justice reform advocates joined the families of Kalief Browder and Pedro Hernandez, law enforcement and faith leaders from across New York for the launch of a high six-figure statewide advocacy, public education and media campaign, led by Bail Reform NY, to build legislative support for comprehensive bail reform. Bail reform along with speedy trial and discovery reform, are currently being debated as part of the state budget process and represent important opportunities to improve our criminal justice system for all New Yorkers, regardless of wealth or race. In fact, the Governor and Assembly have made it clear that this is a priority and the Senate has signaled receptiveness, showing these changes have strong bipartisan voter support.Read more
The governor's commitment to criminal justice reform is welcomed and needed. At his 2018 State of the State Address, the governor said, "Race and wealth should not be factors in our criminal justice system.” We wholeheartedly agree with the governor on this point and believe achieving this goal is an urgent priority for New York.
However, we have deep concerns about many of the details in the governor's current criminal justice reform package.Read more
Advocacy Groups from Across the State Applaud Governor Cuomo’s Focus on Reforming New York's Broken Criminal Justice System
These Proposals – if Appropriately Written into Law – have the Potential to Dramatically Reduce New York’s Jail Population Across the State
Community & Advocacy Groups Look Forward to Working with this Administration to Define and Implement these Proposals
Albany, NY: Today, in his 2018 State of the State Address, the Governor outlined his plan to reform a broken criminal justice system in New York, with a particular focus on reforming pretrial practices across the state.Read more
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.Read more