Key Facts about how New York Bail Reform is advancing justice, saving lives and protecting public safety

Bail Reform Protects Thousands of New Yorkers from pretrial incarceration, without jeopardizing public safety

The 2019 bail reform was grounded in evidence-based practices that have been proven to reduce unnecessary pretrial jailing and keep communities safe. The data shows that bail reform is advancing justice, saving lives and prioritizing public safety. In ninety-eight percent of cases, people released because of bail reform are not rearrested for violent felonies. Lawmakers must prioritize defending the reform against further amendments that would increase the statewide jail population and should instead focus on investing in resources like violence prevention, housing, and mental health and substance use treatment proven to make communities safe and strong.

What's happening with criminal justice reform in New York

The facts are clear: Bail reform has been resoundingly successful. As many as 183,000 New Yorkers have been spared the injustices of bail and pretrial jailing since passage and 98% of those released under bail reform have not been rearrested for a violent crime. But some lawmakers are proposing rollbacks that would dramatically increase pretrial incarceration and racial disparities and undo years of work towards ending the criminalization of poverty – all without advancing public safety.

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Your Deep Dive: Criminal Justice Reform in New York

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The Data is Clear: Bail Reform and Community Investments Will Keep New…

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Bail Reform Works, Lawmakers Must Invest in Community Resources to Make New…

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Bail Rollbacks Undermine New York’s Criminal Justice Reform Progress and Do Not…

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NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN PROPOSALS TO CRIMINALIZE POVERTY & INCARCERATE MORE NEW YORKERS…

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Rollbacks to Critical Criminal Justice Reforms Will Harm New Yorkers

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State Leaders Must Reject Any Rollbacks to Recent Criminal Justice Reforms

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ICYMI: New York State Legislative Leaders agree: There is no connection between…

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FWD.us Responds To Mayor Eric Adams’s Speech on Gun Violence and The…

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Advancing and Protecting Fair and Common Sense Criminal Justice Reforms Must Be…

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ICYMI: Times Union Editorial Board: Get Facts Before Revising Bail Reforms

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New York Lawmakers Must Continue the Fight to Protect Bail Reform

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FWD.us Statement on New York Governor Signs Critical Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

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New York Lawmakers Fail to Deliver on Parole Legislation to Address State’s…

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ICYMI: Growing Support from Lawmakers and Community Leaders Fuels A Giant Push…

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Freedom, Then the Press: New York Media and Bail Reform

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New Report Shows Media Negligence in Coverage of New York Bail Reform…

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New York Lawmakers Have a Chance to Advance Long Overdue Parole Reforms…

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FWD.us Applauds State Senate Action on The Fair and Timely Parole Bill,…

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FWD.us Urges Governor Cuomo to Act Now to Ensure the Health and…

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FWD.us Emphasizes Need for Bold Criminal Justice Reform During 2021 Legislative Session

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FWD.us Post-Election Analysis: Criminal Justice Reform Won at Polls Despite Fear Tactics…

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FWD.us Statement Urges New York Lawmakers to Listen to Voters, Champion Bold…

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FWD.us Statement on Implementation of New York Bail Rollbacks

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FWD.us Statement on Bail Reform Legislation in New York

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ICYMI: Keep It Simple, Albany. This Is No Time for Budget Games.

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FWD.us Poll Conducted by Global Strategy Group Demonstrates Overwhelming Support for Bail…

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FWD.us Statement on Shock at Rolling Back Bail Reform During Pandemic

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FWD.us Launches Six Figure Commercial Buy Featuring New Yorkers Directly Impacted by…

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FWD.us Report Shows Attempts to Roll Back Bail Reform Will Most Harm…

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The Real Impact of New York’s Bail Reform

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FWD.us Statement Rejecting Any Rollbacks To New York’s Current Bail Reform Laws

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FWD.us Releases End-of-Session Analysis on Historic New York Pretrial Justice Reforms

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Recap: New York Legislative Session 2019

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Voices from Across the Political Spectrum Rally Against Republican-Driven Efforts to Perpetuate…

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FWD.us Statement on Pretrial Criminal Justice Reform Legislation in New York

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FWD.us Statement on Fear-Mongering by Opponents of Criminal Justice Reform

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FWD.us Statement on Daily News Story about FWD.us-led Coalition Calling for Criminal…

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FWD.us Statement on New York Governor’s State of the State Address

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FWD.us Statement On New York Governor’s Justice Agenda

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NEW POLL: New York Primary Voters Want Candidates who Support Criminal Justice…

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FWD.us Statement on Gov. Cuomo Signing State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct Legislation

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FWD.us Statement on New York Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct Bill

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ICYMI – Assembly Members on why New York should eliminate cash bail…

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FWD.us Statement on the Continued Need for Pretrial Reform in New York

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Assembly Members on why NY should eliminate cash bail for smaller crimes

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FWD.us Statement on NY State Assembly’s Passage of the Walker Reform Bill

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Jets CEO signs onto letter urging lawmakers to pass comprehensive bail reform

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Closing Rikers Island Depends on Bold Bail Reform in Albany

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Players Coalition members call on NY lawmakers to pass comprehensive bail reform

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New York Can’t Close Rikers Without Real Bail Reform

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FWD.us Statement on Anniversary of Kalief Browder’s death

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Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order to Restore Voting Rights to People on Parole

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Professional Football Players Urge NY to Lead the Way on Pretrial Reform

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Poll Memo: Broad Bipartisan Support for Bold Pre-trial Reforms in New York…

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Polling Finds Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Pretrial Reform Efforts in New York

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FWD.us to lead expanded line of work, hires criminal justice reform expert