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COVID Crisis Behind Bars

COVID-19 is raging across New York jails and prisons. And it's getting worse.

Since the start of the pandemic, dozens of incarcerated people in New York jails and prisons died from COVID-19, and thousands have contracted the virus. Inaction is no longer acceptable. Elected leaders must grant clemencies, pass the Fair and Timely and Elder Parole bills and protect and improve bail reform. The time is now to save lives.

What's happening with criminal justice reform in New York

New York voters presented elected leaders with a clear mandate this past November: go bold on criminal justice reform. Despite the millions spent by opponents of criminal justice reform on ad campaigns riddled with fear-mongering, racism, and lies, New Yorkers stood on the side of justice and are demanding legislative changes that decarcerate jails and prisons. Unfortunately, bail reform rollbacks that were implemented last summer are increasing the pretrial jail population, and we must actively work to reverse course. In addition, we must work to create more meaningful opportunities for people in prisons across the state through passage of parole reform.

This is especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to spread rapidly across jails and prisons and has claimed dozens of lives.

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Your Deep Dive: Criminal Justice Reform in New York

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

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The Real Impact of New York’s Bail Reform

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Recap: New York Legislative Session 2019

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

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

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