amNewYork: City’s public defenders urge lawmakers to pass ‘critical’ criminal justice reforms
“The time for meaningful reform has come. Impacted communities and the greater public – your constituents – now recognize the profound injustices that Albany has permitted to exist for decades, while other states have taken action to fix the problems. We need genuine change, and we need it this year.”
The Bronx Defenders joined with the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and New York County Defender Services to send a letter to the lawmakers in Albany demanding the critical criminal justice reforms missing from the state budget. The five public defender organizations are calling on lawmakers to remake New York’s pretrial justice system into one that actually provides justice and equality for all New Yorkers.
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