Date: February 27 at 6:30 pm
Once again, it is time to take action! Last year, during our Raise the Age campaign, we learned about the urgent need for bail reform in our state. We heard the tragic story of Kalief Browder, arrested at age 16 for stealing a backpack and detained on Rikers Island for three years without a trial because his family could not afford to pay $3,000 in bail.
Kalief’s story is not an uncommon one. There are thousands of people in our city and state accused of misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies who end up in jail each year because they cannot afford to pay bail amounts of as low as $500 or $1,000. These people are in a jail cell not because they are a public safety threat or because they have been convicted of a crime, but because they are poor.
Governor Cuomo recently announced a bail reform proposal; the State Legislature will vote on it before April 1. To play a vital role in improving this proposal and ensuring its passage, we need to act now and we need you with us. In partnership with faith communities throughout New York, we will raise our voices toward decriminalizing poverty and reducing mass incarceration.
Join us to learn more about bail reform and the Governor’s proposal. You will also have the opportunity to sign up to participate in this campaign. Together we can have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. The Talmud teaches us that the mitzvah of “redeeming the captive” is among the greatest of Torah principles, teaching us that a person’s liberty is a profoundly sacred thing.
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