Statement from gabriel sayegh, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and JusticeRead 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
**RELEASE FOR MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017**
KERRY KENNEDY AND ADVOCATES HOST LOBBY DAY AND PRESS CONFERENCE TO DEMAND PASSAGE
OF SPEEDY TRIAL REFORM
STALLING OF BILL LEAVES THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS WITHOUT A RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL
SENATE AND GOVERNOR CUOMO MUST ACT AND PASS S-1998A TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
NEW YORK’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A SPEEDY
Albany, New York – On Monday, June 5th, Kerry Kennedy joined the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and
Justice, JustLeadershipUSA, VOCAL-NY, New York Working Families Organization, New York Civil
Liberties Union, along with dozens of community members, organizations, and public defenders for a
press conference and advocacy day demanding legislators support speedy trial reform.Read more
Akeem Browder watched his brother go to 38 court appearances over a three-year period.
As a 16-year-old, Kalief Browder was arrested in New York City for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was sent to Rikers Island, where he remained for three years — two of them in solitary confinement — without ever facing an actual trial.Read more
“Kalief’s Law” Aims To Reform Pretrial Detention After Honoree Spent 3 Years In Rikers Awaiting Trial
The New York State Assembly has passed “Kalief’s Law” in an effort to regulate the right to a speedy trial and ensure that people aren’t held in pretrial detention for longer than necessary, according to the Amsterdam News.
The measure, passed in early June, is named for Kalief Browder, a Black man who was arrested as a teen in 2010 on charges of stealing a backpack. He spent 1,000 days in Rikers Island and 700 days in solitary confinement while awaiting trial. His case was eventually dismissed.Read more