Wanted to make sure you saw that today 40 New York business leaders, including Daniel Loeb, Founder and CEO of Third Point LLC, Lloyd C. Blankfein Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and Michael Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital wrote a letter to New York state legislators urging them to pass meaningful bail reform before the end of this legislative session. This letter ran as a full page advertisement in today issue of The New York Times.
Today’s letter is the latest in a series of actions over the last 10 days showing substantial momentum for meaningful bail reform. Only 6 days remain in the 2018 legislative session, and we urge lawmakers to do so without delay.
“The last ten days has brought a rising crescendo of support from religious leaders, athletes, business leaders, advocates – all calling on Albany to pass meaningful pretrial reforms in these final days of session. Supporters of reform are urgent because they know that 16,000 New Yorkers – all of whom have not even been convicted of a crime – sit in jail cells simply because they can’t afford to pay bail,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “Jailing our neighbors due to their inability to pay bail hurts families, disrupts the workforce, exacerbates racial and economic disparities, and wastes taxpayer dollars without making our communities any safer. We’re proud to stand with the diverse group of supporters and with the more than 70% of New Yorkers who agree that the time is now for real pretrial reform.”
On June 1, the New York Council of Churches released a statement urging New York lawmakers to overhaul New York’s money bail system this session.
News Coverage: U.S. News & World Report // Council of Churches Calls on Lawmakers to Pass Bail Reform
On June 6, Akeem Browder launched the #IStandWithKalief pledge to end wealth-based detention in New York, on the third anniversary of his brother Kalief’s tragic death.
FWD.us Statement: Statement on Anniversary of Kalief Browder’s death
News Coverage: HuffPost // Kalief Browder’s Brother Searches For Justice On Anniversary Of His Death
On June 7, members of the Players Coalition Kelvin Beachum (New York Jets), Josh McCown (New York Jets), and Demario Davis (New Orleans Saints) as well as Chris Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Majority Leader Flanagan calling on New York State lawmakers to pass comprehensive bail reform immediately.
FWD.us ICYMI: Players Coalition members call on New York lawmakers to pass comprehensive bail reform now
ESPN // Tim McManus // Jenkins, Long lead Players Coalition group pushing bail reform
New York Daily News // Manish Mehta // Jets CEO Christopher Johnson joins players in sending letter to NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing for bail reform
On June 7, The Vera Institute of Justice and FWD.us released a new policy impact analysis that clearly demonstrates that in order to successfully close Rikers Island, New York state lawmakers must pass real bail reform.
FWD.us Statement: NEW: Closing Rikers Island Depends on Bold Bail Reform in Albany
News Coverage: Politico Pro New York // Thomas Pudney // Report: Closing Rikers hinges on bail reform
For more information, please visit NYCJR.fwd.us.
New York Business Leaders Call for Bail Reform
Dear New York State Legislators:
Bold and meaningly bail reform in New York State is long overdue, and we urge you to take action before the end of this legislative session.
Two thirds of people in New York jails have not been convicted of a crime. That means that over 16,000 New Yorkers are in jail every day awaiting trial. The vast majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. This senseless pre-trial jailing unfairly discriminates against people in poverty, disrupts families, damages our state’s workforce, and comes at a huge cost to taxpayers. The practice is morally wrong, economically and socially harmful, and ultimately undermines public safety.
Bail reform is in the best interest of the individuals, families and businesses that make up our communities. We agree with the 71% of New Yorkers who recognize that bold reforms are necessary to safely reduce the number of New Yorkers in jail. We urge you to act without further delay.
Lee Ainslie — Managing Partner, Maverick Capital
Chris Anderson — Head of TED
Doug Band — President, Teneo Holdings
Stacey Bendet — CEO, Alice + Olivia
Lloyd C. Blankfein
Ursula Burns — Executive Chairman, VEON Ltd.
Ray and Barbara Dalio
Mark F. Dalton — Co-Chairman, Tudor Investment Corporation
Barry Diller — Chairman, IAC and Expedia
David Einhorn — President, Greenlight Capital
Jason Flom — Founder and CEO, LAVA Media
Sonia Gardner — President and Managing Partner, Avenue Capital Group
Evan G. Greenberg — Chairman and CEO, Chubb
Declan Kelly — Chairman and CEO, Teneo Holdings
Henry R. Kravis — Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Ken Langone — Chairman, Invemed Associates
Marc Lasry — Chairman and CEO, Avenue Capital Group
William P. Lauder — Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies
Thomas H. Lee — President, Thomas H. Lee Capital
Kevin Liles — Co-Founder and CEO, 300 Entertainment
Daniel S. Loeb — Founder and CEO, Third Point LLC
Tracy V. Maitland — President, Advent Capital Management, LLC
Howard Marks — Co-Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management
Scott Mills — President, BET Networks
Wes Moore — CEO, Robin Hood
Rupert Murdoch — Chairman, News Corp and 21st Century Fox
Michael Novogratz — CEO, Galaxy Digital
Alan J. Patricof — Managing Director, Greycroft
Jay Penske — Chairman, CEO and Founder, Penske Media Corporation
Ronald O Perelman — Chairman, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Julian Robertson –– Chairman, Tiger Management, LLC
Steven Rubenstein — Chairman, Association for a Better New York
Amol Sarva — CEO, Knotel, Inc.
Barry Sternlicht — Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group
Gus Wenner — President and COO, Rolling Stone
Jann Wenner — Founder, Rolling Stone
Kathryn Wylde — President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
Strauss Zelnick — Founder, ZMC