In New York, people convicted of felonies are permanently disqualified from serving on a jury — a ban that disproportionally affects Black and Brown New Yorkers, barring them from full civic engagement.
Without diverse juries, defendants are denied the right to be judged by a jury of their peers. A jury system that underrepresents Black and Brown New Yorkers is one that ultimately sends more Black and Brown New Yorkers to jail, and it is one that needs to be overhauled.
TELL LAWMAKERS: Repeal this lifetime ban that shuts thousands of Black and Brown New Yorkers out of the democratic process and prevents people from being judged by a jury of their peers.
Governor Kathy Hochul
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins