Innocent and Behind Bars

Why Does Our Justice System Fight So Hard to Keep Innocent People Behind Bars?

Alcatraz_prison_block_cc_imgMark Godsey was a “prosecutor’s prosecutor” who didn’t think there were any innocent people in prison. Then he began supervising his law school’s Innocence Project, and realized his assumptions were all wrong.   By Joshua Holland



This week, Governor Cuomo outlined his FY2019 New York State Budget.

  • Governor’s full budget presentation (online video) – available here
  • Governor’s full FY 2019 Executive Budget Briefing Book and executive budget legislation
  • Criminal Justice Reform Package: Check out this link to the Article VII bill that includes the criminal justice reform package, including bail, speedy trial, and discovery legislative language (bail on pages 19-52, speedy trial on pages 8-18, discovery on pages 52-82). This Article VII Memorandum in Support has brief summaries of these bills on pages 6-10.

Incarceration Update

N.Y. jail program forces families to buy from online vendors that overcharge for basic items sent to inmates.

New York launched the pilot program at three correctional facilities, where families must buy from selected vendors to send goods to inmates.

No One is Safe..smh

Rikers Guards Are Allegedly Sexually Abusing Visitors In Bathrooms!

In an effort to avoid newly-installed surveillance cameras in search areas, Rikers Island correctional officers take female visitors to nearby bathrooms to strip-search them, according to several women and a new report by the Jails Action Coalition.  Five women have now filed notices of claim (which signal an intention to sue the city) with the city’s comptroller over their treatment in Rikers bathrooms, alleging that correctional officers sexually abused them.

More on Bail Reform…

Steps Toward Bail Reform Taken in Manhattan and Dutchess County