Vera Institute’s Greater Justice New York Program on this year’s State of the State

On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul delivered the State of the State, where she outlined her administration’s priorities for 2022.

The Greater Justice New York program at the Vera Institute of Justice issued the following statement in response:

“We support the vision for a safer and more equitable New York outlined by Governor Hochul today and applaud her commitment to investing in community-based, public health-centered approaches to public safety. More funding for community violence intervention programs, pretrial services, and employment support and educational opportunities for formerly incarcerated people are proven ways to shore up public safety and, in turn, allow communities to thrive. We look forward to working with Governor Hochul and the Legislature to deliver on these policies.”

About the Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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