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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Dutchess County DA Opposes Bail Reform

Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady considers recent policy shifts moving away from requesting monetary bail in misdemeanor and violations cases to be “somewhat misguided.” By Jason Grant  | January 11, 2018 at 06:19 PM  

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Veteran’s Behind Bars

Veterans behind bars: US jails set aside special cell blocks By MICHAEL HILL 1/11/18 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The military veterans playing cards in the Albany County jail wear the same orange uniforms as everyone else, with “INMATE” printed down the legs. But their service offers one distinct privilege: a special cellblock where they can…

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Incarceration Update

N.Y. jail program forces families to buy from online vendors that overcharge for basic items sent to inmates. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/families-forced-pay-basic-items-inmates-article-1.3706046

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BEYOND THE BARS: Closing Jails and Prisons-2018

Save the Date!  Beyond the Bars: Closing Jails and Prisons March 1-4, 2018 The 8th annual Beyond the Bars Conference of the Center for Justice at Columbia University seeks to contribute to the growing movement to close jails and prisons as a part of the larger struggle to end mass incarceration. In particular, we will…

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Crime in the US

Murder in America is deeply local. Homicides in the U.S. rose about 9% last year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation- “Wall Street Journal” Murder in America: What Makes Cities Safer. Killings fell in Los Angeles and Washington when police established closer ties with people living in the most violent neighborhoods; gentrification also played a role…

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