Bail Reform Advocates Urge Cuomo and Lawmakers NOT to Tweak New Laws
More than 100 pro-bail reform groups promised to stand in “opposition to any changes” to New York’s new bail laws, arguing in a letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Cuomo and state leaders that judges shouldn’t try to predict someone’s “dangerousness” as a rationale to detain them.
February 11, 2020 | Read the full letter here
How New York’s Bail Reforms Are Playing Out in a Queens Court
Despite headlines, the state’s cash bail reforms are having a positive impact on the people they are meant to help.
February 3, 2020
Eyes Wide Open: Bail Fight Shows Power of Court Watchers
Court Watch NYC announces “Eyes on 2020,” a new campaign to monitor the first 100 days of New York’s bail reform implementation
January 12, 2020
More New Yorkers Are Stepping Up To Bail Out Detained Immigrants
In the New York-New Jersey area there are thousands of immigrants sitting in detention and on any given day and only 12 percent of those individuals will actually get bond granted by an immigration judge. Often the bond amount is so high that it’s simply unaffordable for most immigrant families
October 15, 2019
Community Bail Funds & the Fight for Freedom
At the end of 2019, we ceased operating as a revolving bail fund. So what’s next for the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund? We see this year’s bail reform legislation as a beginning, not the end.
September 27, 2019 | Press Release
The Fax Is Not Yet Obsolete
A broken fax machine could mean spending another night in jail, even after paying bail. In these cases, the fax shouldn’t die because it’s old-fashioned or retrograde, but because people’s safety and comfort, and even their lives, still rely on a sheet of paper inching out of a machine, awaiting notice.
November 18, 2020
Manhattan Pot Prosecutions Down 94%. DA Sees Success, Critics See Disparities
Court watchers rallied outside of Manhattan Criminal Court to call attention to their report arguing that despite new policies for marijuana prosecution in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the system is still racist.
November 2, 2018
Report: NYC’s Bail Bond Industry Is A $20 Million Predatory Mess
New York City’s bail bondsmen operate almost entirely without regulation, and often without licenses or scrutiny of their services, which are frequently punitively expensive
June 14, 2017
The Bail Trap
Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.
August 13, 2015