On any given day, 25,000 New Yorkers are caged in county jails across the state. The abuse that occurs in these jails is rampant. Human rights violations, racial disparity, violence, and medical neglect are commonplace. Shockingly, 70% of the people in New York's jails have not been convicted. They are legally innocent but being denied their freedom because of New York’s broken bail, speedy trial and discovery laws. This is a mockery of justice. New Yorkers will no longer settle for compromise measures or partial reforms to address this urgent issue.
Led by JustLeadershipUSA, in partnership with organizations and directly impacted communities, the #FREEnewyork campaign was formed in 2017 to achieve real solutions to the crisis of mass incarceration. Through a multi-pronged strategy, #FREEnewyork is building the power and leadership of New Yorkers most harmed by incarceration, demanding bold legislative action and fundamental change to New York’s criminal justice system. By boldly challenging the status quo, we can achieve the justice that New Yorkers deserve.
#FREEnewyork demands overhaul of bail, speedy trial & discovery laws and expanded funding for legal defense. New York must pass:
  • Bail reform that: Eliminates money bail; Protects the assumption of innocence & the right to freedom; Sets strong limits on when & how any pretrial conditions are set; Never uses biased risk assessment tools.
  • Discovery law that is: Open; Early; Automatic; Mandatory and Enforced.
  • A true speedy trial law that: Dictates specific timelines by when a defendant must be brought to trial; Covers all crime categories; Truly protects the right to a fair and timely trial.
Learn more about the #FREEnewyork campaign and our policy demands.



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