Mass Incarceration

VOCAL-NY Condemns Mayor Adams’ Continued Efforts to Send More New Yorkers to Jail

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS MAYOR ADAMS’ CONTINUED EFFORTS TO SEND MORE NEW YORKERS TO JAIL VOCAL-NY Leaders Joined Allies at a Rally Today to Protest Efforts to Rollback Bail Reform NEW YORK — In response to a press conference today where NYC Mayor Eric Adams shifted blame to judges and prosecutors for New …

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Reminder for Eric Adams: Most Bail-Eligible Cases End in Dismissal, Misdemeanor, or Non-Criminal Charges

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  REMINDER FOR ERIC ADAMS: MOST BAIL-ELIGIBLE CASES END IN DISMISSAL, MISDEMEANOR, OR NON-CRIMINAL CHARGES NEW YORK — In response to NYC Mayor Eric Adams continued efforts to roll back bail reforms so that more people will be held in jail, VOCAL-NY released the following statement:  “People, the Mayor included, seem to forget that the most …

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More Political Games: VOCAL-NY Denounces Gov. Hochul’s Call for Increased Funding for Police

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  MORE POLITICAL GAMES: VOCAL-NY DENOUNCES GOV. HOCHUL’S CALL FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR POLICE NEW YORK — In response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s statements pledging additional funding for law enforcement at an annual conference of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police after the death of a Rochester police officer, VOCAL-NY released the following statement: …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to the Exoneration of 3 New Yorkers After 25 Years Imprisoned on Coerced Confessions

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE EXONERATION OF 3 NEW YORKERS AFTER 25 YEARS IMPRISONED ON COERCED CONFESSIONS NEW YORK —  In response to the exoneration of Vincent Ellerbe, James Irons and Thomas Malik – the latter two who were just released from prison this past week – VOCAL-NY released the following statement, …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to the Death of Elijah Muhammad, the 10th Person to Die on Rikers Island This Year

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE DEATH OF ELIJAH MUHAMMAD, THE 10TH PERSON TO DIE ON RIKERS ISLAND THIS YEAR Interviews Available With VOCAL-NY Members Who Are Currently Detained on Rikers, and Those Who Have Been Detained There in Recent Years See Media From Today’s Rally to #CloseRikers Here and Here NEW YORK — In response to news of …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to New York Chief Judge Janet Difiore’s Resignation

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY Responds to New York Chief Judge Janet Difiore’s Resignation NEW YORK — In response to news of New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore stepping down, VOCAL-NY released the following statement: “We have had a racist Court of Appeals for some time and this year really proved that as under DiFiore …

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2022-2023 VOCAL-NY NYC BUDGET PLATFORM

VOCAL-NY is dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness across New York State. VOCAL-NY’s four different unions are releasing the following demands for the New York City budget for FY 2022-2023.

VOCAL-NY Condemns NYS Legislative Leadership for Failing Marginalized New Yorkers When They Need Them Most

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS NYS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP FOR FAILING MARGINALIZED NEW YORKERS WHEN THEY NEED THEM MOST Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Failed to Hold Votes on Bills Addressing the Crises of HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Mass Incarceration and Preventable Overdoses ALBANY, N.Y. — As the  New York State legislative session …

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Support Grows for Passage of the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act During Final Weeks of Session

CONTACT:Nick Encalada-Malinowski, nick@vocal-ny.org, 347-259-4835  Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 SUPPORT GROWS FOR PASSAGE OF THE CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT DURING FINAL WEEKS OF SESSIONBill Moved Through the Final Assembly Committee Monday and Now Heads to the Floor for a Full Vote ALBANY, N.Y. – The Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act passed the Assembly’s Rules Committee on Monday, paving …

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BREAKING: Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act Pass Key Legislative Committee

CONTACT:Nick Encalada-Malinowski, nick@vocal-ny.org, 347-259-4835 CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT PASSES KEY ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE, MOMENTUM GROWS FOR PASSAGE BY LEGISLATURE THIS SESSION Advocates and Bill Sponsors Optimistic About Passage after Vote which Follows a New Poll That Shows Broad Bipartisan Support For The Bill Among New Yorkers  ALBANY, N.Y. – Formerly incarcerated organizers and activists, including people exonerated from wrongful convictions …

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