Tell state leaders to stand firm on pretrial reform

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Sweeping reforms to New York’s pretrial system just went into effect. They will significantly reduce our state’s reliance on cash bail and make it easier for people to get a fair and speedy trial.

But as we deal with a global pandemic, leaders in Albany are considering passing an accelerated budget to dismantle these important reforms.

Tell lawmakers that now is the time to protect all New Yorkers..

Message Recipients:
Governor Cuomo
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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Sweeping reforms to New York’s pretrial system went into effect last year after they were passed with broad public support. They will significantly reduce our state’s reliance on cash bail and expand people’s ability to get a fair and speedy trial.

A global pandemic is not the time to rush to dismantle these important reforms before they even get a chance to make our state fairer for thousands of New Yorkers.

We need to address our public health crisis, protect New Yorkers especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and ensure everyone has equitable access to vital services and life-saving care. Bail rollbacks will only further harm New Yorkers.

One of the proposed loopholes would add hate crimes to the list of offenses still eligible for cash bail. But money bail doesn’t protect people or prevent them from committing crimes. It only allows wealthier people accused of crimes to remain free before trial – while those who are poor stay locked up.

Another proposal being discussed in Albany would criminalize and punish legally innocent people by allowing judges to apply a so-called “dangerousness standard” when setting bail.

We know what happens when we let fear and bias drive our decisions about who we think is dangerous. It ends in deepened racial bias, criminalizing poverty, and more Black and Brown people in jail.

Instead of going backwards, we should continue to push forward to make justice a reality for all New Yorkers.

Sincerely,

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[Your Address]

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