Sticking with Bail Reform in New York

On January 1, 2020, New York ushered in a new bail law that delivers justice, fairness, and public safety. As a result, thousands of New Yorkers who otherwise would not have been able to afford bail, or only do so at great personal expense, have been able to keep their jobs, stay with their families, remain in school, and return to their communities, rather than face trial from inside a jail cell. But less than a month into the new law, there has already been unprecedented backlash—grounded in anecdotes, not data or reason—against the new pretrial reforms. Opponents of the new law claim that bail reform has led to an uptick in crime, claims unsubstantiated by data or evidence. This video urges New York to hold firm and not give in to calls to "roll back" the new law. Incarceration is not the answer to public safety. The disruptive nature of even short term incarceration is deeply harmful and can destroy lives and families. Studies show that incarceration’s destabilizing impact means that even 2 or 3 days behind bars makes it more likely that someone will be arrested again in the future. That leads to less, not more, public safety.