Juneteenth Actions across NY State

  Rochester News 10: http://www.whec.com/news/organizers-push-for-bail-reform-on-freedom-day/4955391/ CITY Newspaper: https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/juneteenth-protests-to-highlight-police-bail-and-trial-reform/Content?oid=6872366 WXXI (NPR Affiliate): http://wxxinews.org/post/juneteenth-protest-will-call-bail-reform Capital District WNYT 13: http://wnyt.com/news/protesters-demand-an-end-to-monetary-bail-albany/4955951/ New York City AM New York: https://www.amny.com/news/juneteenth-nyc-1.19289799 Hudson Valley Mid Hudson News: http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2018/June/20/bail_sys_prot-20Jun18.html

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NYS Parolees are Granted the Right to Vote!

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box to more than 35,000 people. The mechanism through which Mr. Cuomo plans to do so is unusual: He would consider pardons for all 35,000 people currently on…

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Pennsylvania State court is locking up defendants too poor to pay court fines!

Spotlighting disparities in jail stays over unpaid court fines in Pennsylvania A helpful reader made sure I saw this impressive piece of reporting from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteunder the headline “Modern-day debtors’ prisons? The system that sends Pennsylvanians to jail over unpaid court costs and fines.”  I have probably not given as much attention here as I should to…

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

GOVERNOR’S PROPOSALS 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,…

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