Criminal justice reform

Activists from throughout New York are urging legislators to pass laws aimed at making parole more available, particularly for inmates over 55 who have served at least 15 years.
A report from the Vera Institute of Justice said nationally the number of incarcerated people dropped by 16% from pre-pandemic levels.
A judge’s order restricting defense attorney’s abilities to challenge withheld evidence has opened up a rift between Albany and the state court system.
Local residents in the town of Attica don't mind the stigma of the prison uprising that took place here 50 years ago, but they remain clear-eyed about what really happened.
"The HALT Solitary Confinement Act will put an end to the use of long-term solitary confinement in our state, a practice that has perpetuated violence and caused irreparable harm."
“There are people in New York who’ve been in solitary for fifteen, twenty, even thirty years."
A new report estimates that passing the bulk of this legislation, along with closing more upstate prisons, would save the state $1.52 billion annually.
A new bill in Albany could resurrect hopes for an independent agency dedicated to investigating prosecutorial misconduct.
Community leaders in an isolated corner of the city are seeking a different justice model for young people that’s closer to home.
"It will undo our entire bail system. This is not a small step."
Critics of bail reform say judges need to consider "dangerousness" before letting a suspect go pre-trial, but others say that’s biased.
Prosecutors will have to share evidence with defendants much faster, once the state’s new bail and discovery laws take effect in January.
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