Mass Incarceration

VOCAL-NY Responds to Mayor Adams Budget Proposal

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO MAYOR ADAMS BUDGET PROPOSAL NEW YORK — In response to Mayor Adams announcement of his administration’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2023, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Althea Matthews, a Homelessness Union leader and New York City-based harm reduction street outreach worker who is currently experiencing …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to the Police Assault of an 8-Year-Old in Syracuse

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE POLICE ASSAULT OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD IN SYRACUSE This is a Clear Example of Criminalizing Poverty SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In response to the arrest of an 8-year-old boy in Syracuse on Tuesday, VOCAL-NY released the following response: “Under no circumstance does an alleged possession of a bag of chips warrant …

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Gov. Hochul, You Failed Us: VOCAL-NY Condemns Final Budget That Neglects Homeless New Yorkers and Enables Mass Incarceration

CONTACT Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 GOV. HOCHUL, YOU FAILED US: VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS FINAL BUDGET THAT NEGLECTS HOMELESS NEW YORKERS AND ENABLES MASS INCARCERATION After Promises to be Different Than Cuomo, Gov. Hochul Final Budget Offers More of the Same Failed Tactics, Without Investments in Evidence-Based Solutions Gov. Hochul Will Have a Direct Hand in the …

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Letter to State Leadership to Increase Investments in Proven Non-Police Response to Gun violence

The Honorable Kathy HochulGovernor of New York StateNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224 Hon. Andrea Stewart-CousinsNew York State Senate Majority Leader188 State StreetLegislative Office Building, Room 907Albany, NY 12247 Hon. Carl HeastieNew York State Assembly SpeakerLOB 932Albany, NY 12248 Re: Urgent and Necessary Increases in New York State Investments in ProvenNon-Police Responses to Gun Violence …

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VOCAL-NY Slams Gov. Hochul for Rushing Through Bail Rollbacks in Last Days of Budget Session

CONTACT Nick Encalada-Malinowski, nick@vocal-ny.org, 347-259-4835 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY SLAMS GOV. HOCHUL FOR RUSHING THROUGH BAIL ROLLBACKS IN LAST DAYS OF BUDGET SESSION NEW YORK — In response to Governor Hochul’s 10-point plan to increase mass incarceration in New York State, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union Leader Roger Clark: “It’s wrong for …

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VOCAL-NY 2021 Annual Report

In 2021, organizing won big for low-income New Yorkers. Through multiple moves, a global pandemic, and the worst rates of overdose ever recorded, our harm reduction services continued providing life-saving health care to people who use drugs. We know there is much to do, and we are committed to this work. Our victories in 2021 …

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Lawmakers and Advocates Demand an End to Qualified Immunity in NYS at Virtual Press Conference

CONTACT Keli Young, Keli@vocal-ny.org  Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES DEMAND AN END TO QUALIFIED IMMUNITY IN NYS AT VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE View a Recording of the Press Conference Here S1991/A4331 Would Eliminate the Defense of Qualified Immunity Which Shields Police and Correctional Officers From Civil Liability NEW YORK — Today, state lawmakers and advocates with VOCAL-NY and …

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VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union is organized and led by people directly impacted by mass incarceration.

Mass Incarceration

VOCAL-NY’s mass incarceration work is carried out by our Civil Rights Union, which brings together people who have experienced incarceration and criminalization to fight for just alternatives.

News 10: Local DA says bail reform issues persist, while advocates caution against rollbacks

Some leaders in law enforcement and politics remain concerned for public safety and hope for changes to New York’s bail reform laws next session. Advocates for bail reform fear rollbacks will halt their intended progress.

D’Juan Collins, a Manhattan resident and member of VOCAL-NY, advocates for criminal justice reforms ever since being charged with drug possession in 2007, before the state’s new bail laws existed.

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