On April 1, 2019, after years of work by grassroots groups and advocates across New York, lawmakers in Albany passed a historic slate of criminal justice reform bills to address the pretrial incarceration crisis in New York.
Recently, Governor Hochul proposed rolling back bail reform and other much needed criminal justice reforms. Katal opposes efforts to roll back bail reform. It is wrong to hold people in jail simply because they cannot pay bail. It is racist to detain mostly Black and Latinx people at Rikers and other jails while wealthier (and mostly white) defendants can pay their way to freedom.
To learn more, read our Bail Reform in New York Fact Sheet.
See version with full citations here.