In New York State, of the 25,000 people currently in jail, two out of three have not been convicted of a crime. Instead, they are in jail awaiting trial.
Senseless pretrial jailing rips apart families, undermines the presumption of innocence and wastes hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
It’s time to end this — now.
We are encouraged that Governor Cuomo and lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly are considering passing legislation to eliminate money bail. But they need to hear that all legislation is not created equal – New Yorkers deserve real bail reform that genuinely protects the presumption of innocence, significantly drives down jail populations and makes pretrial jailing the exception, not the rule.
Join us and tell your legislators that it’s time to pass real bail reform that ends mass pretrial jailing in New York – right now.
It’s time for Albany to act.