In an article looking at crime rates in New York City in the immediate aftermath of New York State's bail reform, our director of jail reform, Michael Rempel, points to the potentially crime-producing effects of pretrial detention itself, arguing that, in the long run, such detention can make the public less, not more, safe.
After a nationwide search led by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Courtney Bryan has been chosen as the new director of the Center, effective March 16. She succeeds Greg Berman, who is resigning but will remain a member of the board.
The New York Times reports on the expansion across New York City of the restorative response to driving-related offenses we pioneered at our Red Hook Community Justice Center. We anticipate our Driver Accountability Program will now reach 2,500 drivers annually while reducing the negative impacts of the justice system.
The scope of New York City’s supervised release program has broadened under the recently enacted bail reform law in New York. “We’ve been in a major hiring push in order to engage the kinds of social workers that we need to deal with this,” said Greg Berman, the outgoing head of the Center for Court Innovation, which runs supervised release programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The New York Times highlights laws across the country going into effect on January 1, 2020, including New York's criminal justice reform. "New York will become the latest state to eliminate cash bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, which could see more than 40 percent of inmates released from pretrial detention," citing our bail reform analysis.
In an overview of the laws going into effect in New York in 2020, this article highlights changes to cash bail and discovery reform and references our research and analysis on the potential implications, including an estimate that the pretrial jail population may be reduced by 2,100 people in New York City.
Citing our analysis on the provisions and impact of upcoming reforms to discovery laws governing the sharing of evidence, this article explores the sweeping changes to New York's criminal justice laws going into effect January 2020.
With major changes to bail and pretrial detention laws going into effect in January 2020, Gothamist profiles our supervised release program as a model for what bail reform will look like, and cites our research on how many cases could potentially be affected by this legislation.
An interview profile of Sarah Reckess, the director of our Upstate New York office: "We try to knock down silos, to challenge agencies and community leaders to think in new ways...to not be afraid of failure."