NYC Defenders Urge New York Lawmakers to Reject Governor Hochul’s Mass Incarceration Plan in the State Budget
(NEW YORK, NY) – The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York County Defender Services, and Queens Defenders released the following statement in response to Governor Hochul’s announcement that an agreement has been reached on the state budget:
“The Governor’s decision to roll back bail reform, despite evidence proving its success, will inevitably put more Black and brown New Yorkers behind bars, separate countless families, and deepen systemic racism already embedded in the legal system. No New Yorker should lose their pretrial freedom because they cannot afford to pay bail."
View the full press release here.
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