POSTPONED: Youth Justice & Opportunities Act Campaign Kickoff
UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for more information about the new date!
The Youth Justice & Opportunities Act aims to protect young people from harsh prison sentences and the life-long barriers to employment, education, and stable housing created by a criminal conviction.
Join us 11AM-4PM on May 7th at Lincoln Terrace Basketball Courts (1100 E New York Ave - Brooklyn, NY 11212) for a rally, basketball games, and open mic performances in celebration of the Youth Justice & Opportunities Act Campaign Kickoff!
Learn more about the Youth Justice & Opportunities Act here.
- Bail & Pre-Trial IncarcerationIn The News
Perspective: It’s Time to Take a Clearer Look at Bail ReformTheft entails “someone going to CVS and taking a bottle of shampoo,” [Yung-Mi] Lee [of Brooklyn Defender Services] explained. “You’re homeless and living on the streets and you go to the CVS and you steal a sandwich in the refrigerator aisle.” Now, theft will be eligible for bail and pre-arraignment detention in certain circumstances.
- Bail & Pre-Trial IncarcerationLetters & Testimonies
BDS Testimony before New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice regarding Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention in City JailsThe best way for the City to prevent suicide and self-harm in the jails is to stop sending people to Rikers Island and focus on diverting them from the criminal legal system altogether.
- Court Fees & FinesPress Releases
NYC Defenders Call on Albany to Pass Critical Criminal Legal System Reforms Before the Legislative Session Concludes in Early JuneThe Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, New York County Defender Services, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and Queens Defenders called on Albany lawmakers to enact a series of critical criminal legal system reforms before session concludes in early June.