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New York Update – February 17, 2022

A group of people, some holding signs with the words less is more and Use less, save more, in front of a building.

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  • In this issue:
  • Implementing #LessIsMoreNY
  • Katal’s 6-year Anniversary
  • NY Statewide Call Recap
  • Our Work in Connecticut
  • Quotes of the Week

Two Week till #LessIsMoreNY Implementation

#LessIsMoreNY Campaign Update Call, 2.15.2022

On Tuesday, we hosted our monthly #LessIsMoreNY Campaign Update. We discussed how since the #LessIsMoreNY Act was signed into law, more than 1,000 people have been released from jails and prisons in New York and they were able to return home and be with their families. This is huge! 

Now, we are less than two weeks away from March 1st, where a majority of the provisions of the Less Is More Act go into effect. This law will transform parole, improve public safety, strengthen the reentry process, and decarcerate in New York. But it’s not enough for the law to go into effect – it has to be implemented effectively. That’s what we’re focused on now. With more than 30,000 people on parole in New York, effective and full implementation of #LessIsMoreNY is critically important.

Got questions about the Less Is More Act? Want to know what provisions come into effect on March 1st? Join us on Tuesday, February 22 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for our upcoming #LessIsMoreNY FAQ Instagram Live.

Katal’s 6-Year Anniversary!

This month, Katal is celebrating our 6th year anniversary. Check out the short video above from our Katal at 5 Dialogue series featuring Dwayne Betts, Kassandra Frederique, Danielle Sered, and our own  Lorenzo Jones, and Kenyatta Muzzanni. 

Since our founding in February 2016, we have remained steadfast in our mission to build leadership and organizing capacity in our work to end mass incarceration, mass criminalization, and the war on drugs. We’re so excited for what’s next. 

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NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call Recap

Last week, we hosted our NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call. We had a lively discussion within the field about next steps to defend and push for more criminal justice in Albany during the 2022 legislative session.

Our speakers included:

  • Artie Malkin, Malkin & Ross: provided updates from Albany on the budget process and the legislative session.
  • Rodney Holcombe & MK Kaishian, and Zealous: discussed the new Justice Not Fear website and their work to protect bail reform.
  • Mark Shervington, RAPP: discussed Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole bills and their recent Advocacy Day tomorrow.
  • Allison Hollihan, Osborne Association: presented on their Protect In Person visiting bill and their upcoming action.
  • Andrea Nieves & Roger Clark, NYCDS & VOCAL-NY: discussed the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act. 

Register for our next NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call, on Thursday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

If you have any questions about the statewide call or would like to present on an upcoming call, please contact Yonah Zeitz at

Katal in the Hartford Courant

On Tuesday, the Hartford Courant published an op-ed by our Director of Organizing, Kenyatta Muzzanni, titled, “Legislative proposal would criminalize young people in insidious new ways.Read the full op-ed here.

Katal Quotes of the Week

“In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.”   –– Malcolm X

“Our only hope for our collective liberation is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love.” –Michelle Alexander


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