State Leaders Must Reject Any Rollbacks to Recent Criminal Justice Reforms

ALBANY, NY – New York State Director for Criminal Justice Reform Rodney Holcombe issued the following statement today after the New York Post leaked alleged proposals from Governor Hochul that would dramatically roll back recent criminal justice reforms:

“The New York Post leaked a “sweeping 10-point plan” purportedly from Governor Hochul that we can only hope is mis-reported. The reported proposal would wind back the clock decades on justice, safety, and equity in New York. Further, it advocates for bail policy that is patently unconstitutional, validates arrest data collected during New York’s notoriously racist Stop-and-Frisk era, and resurrects archaic policies that criminalize children as adults. It promises to increase unnecessary pretrial jailing and imprisonment of the same poor New Yorkers who have been hardest hit by the pandemic and recession – all of it when we have resounding evidence that these policies would not increase public safety at a time when New Yorkers are desperate for real answers that keep their families safe.

“We strongly urge Governor Hochul to reject these harmful policies and recommit to fact-based policies rather than fear-based politics. We applaud the work of legislative leaders for their continued defense of long fought for and recently passed criminal justice reforms and for pursuing real policies and investments that would advance public safety.”

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