Call Now: Demand NY State Senators Martinez & Thomas support bail and discovery legislation
To win the passage of real bail and discovery legislation in Albany, our elected officials need to feel the heat!
This year we have the opportunity to bring about progressive criminal justice reform in New York’s legislative session that could drastically improve the experiences Black people have with the criminal legal system. For the first time in years Democrats control New York’s State Senate--this gives us the power to pass much-needed bail and discovery legislation.
We have the power to win this year however, two crucial Long Island Democrats have yet to support bail and discovery legislation. Will you call State Senators Kevin Thomas and Monica Martinez to demand that they support criminal justice reform in Albany this session.
Both Senators Thomas & Martinez are members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and it is our job to hold them accountable to the very people that they have vowed to serve. If the bail elimination act is passed this session less Black people, and other people of color, will have to spend time in jail while waiting for their trial. This legislation would limit the bracket for pre-trial detention and ensure some form of justice for our people.
With the passage of discovery legislation New Yorker's will no longer be essentially "blind-folded" while they wait for their trial without know all the evidence that is held agains them. Unlike most of the country, prosecutors and police are not required to provide copies of police reports and other crucial documents, information, or evidence related to their case to people facing criminal allegations or their attorneys until the trial begins. This unfair law fuels mass incarceration, case delays, and wrongful convictions--but this legislative session we have the power to change this by passing the Discovery for Justice Reform Act.
We are getting close to winning criminal justice reform in New York but we need State Senators Thomas and Martinez to sign on to these bills in order for them to pass.
Call now at (912) 501-3917