Third Unnecessary Rollbacks to Bail Reform Will Not Improve Public Safety

ALBANY, NY – New York State Director Alana Sivin issued the following statement today in response to the passage of changes to bail laws: 

“We are disappointed to see that the Governor and State Legislature advanced rollbacks to bail reform for a third, unnecessary time, despite at least five independent data analyses that have proven that reducing pretrial incarceration in New York has not compromised public safety.

“Bail reform is a tremendously successful policy that has saved lives, kept money in communities, and spared thousands of New Yorkers from harmful pretrial jailing simply because they don’t have enough money to buy their freedom. Rolling back such an important policy will not make our communities stronger or advance public safety; it will only result in more harmful pretrial incarceration.

“New York’s elected leaders cannot continue to allow misinformation and fear-based politics to chip away at this successful policy. It must end here. We urge lawmakers to move past the harmful and failed attempts to incarcerate our way to public safety, and instead advance community-based investments that actually keep New Yorkers safe.”

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