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New York Update – February 3, 2022

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In this issue:

  • New York Criminal Justice Reform Call
  • Implementing #LessIsMoreNY
  • Quotes of the Week


Join our next NY Criminal Justice Reform Call  

We’re one week away from our February NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform CallIf you’re interested in learning more about the current legislative session and what’s happening with criminal justice reform in New York, then you don’t want to miss this call. Every month we’re joined by organizers, advocates, and community members working on every aspect of criminal justice reform in the state — and each call starts with an insider report from the lobbyist, about what’s happening behind the scenes. This month we will spend extra time discussing the hard push being made by some moderates and conservatives to roll back bail reform again. Register here to join us on Thursday, February 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

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

Timeline for Implementing #LessIsMoreNY 

Katal Members Outside of Governors NYC Office Calling for Passage of #LessIsMoreNY, 05.07.2021

Since the #LessIsMoreNY bill was signed last September, more than 1,000 people have been released from jails and prisons in New York. These were  folks incarcerated for noncriminal technical violations of parole. Thanks to Less Is More, they were able to return home and be with their families. On March 1st, additional provisions of the Less Is More Act go into effect. But it’s not enough for the law to go into effect – it has to be implemented effectfly. 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 join the fight to protect and implement the law? Join us on Tuesday, February 15 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. for our next #LessIsMoreNY Campaign Update call.  

In the meantime, here are some actions steps and resources to help get #LessIsMoreNY fully implemented:

  • Resource: To get answers to questions you may have about the #LessIsMoreNY Act, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page
  • Action Step: Use our new online action tool to contact the Governor and tell her to implement #LessIsMoreNY immediately. Take online action here.
  • Stay involved: To receive updates and alerts about the #LessIsMoreNY campaign, sign up here

If you have any questions about Less Is More, please contact Melanie Dominguez at

Katal Quotes of the Week

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you walk through life and don’t help anybody, you haven’t had much of a life”                   ― Fred Hampton

“The voice of those who believe that life is more sacred than property, must be heard now.” ― Ella Baker


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