Every day in New York, 16,000 people are locked away behind bars while they await trial—often for months at a time.
Two out of three people in New York jails have not been convicted of a crime. Instead they are forced to await trial in jail, most because they simply cannot afford bail.
88% of the people on Rikers Island are Black or Latinx.
71% of voters believe New York State should reform its criminal justice system to reduce the number of people in jail.