On any given day, 25,000 New Yorkers are caged in county jails across our state. The abuse that occurs in these jails is rampant. Human rights violations, racial disparity, violence, and medical neglect are commonplace. Our jails are unjust, unsafe and inhumane. Despite a steady decrease in crime, numerous county jails have grown – some even doubling in size.

Shockingly, 67% of the people held in our jails have not been convicted. They are legally innocent but denied their freedom because of New York’s broken bail, discovery and speedy trial laws. This is a mockery of justice, and New Yorkers deserve better. Although the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a fair and speedy trial, these rights are consistently violated in New York State. Thousands languish in jail for months or years, and we know that even short jail stays have devastating impacts for individuals, families, and communities. 


Mass incarceration affects every county and every corner of New York State. While much attention has been focused on the horrors of Rikers Island, less scrutiny has been given to jails in other parts of the state where a majority of our neighbors and loved ones are held. 63% of jailed New Yorkers are incarcerated outside of New York City.  The failure of our criminal justice system is a statewide problem that requires bold, state-level action. Solutions must be driven by the voices of directly impacted individuals.

#FREEnewyork, led by JustLeadershipUSA, in partnership with organizations and directly impacted communities, is building statewide power to demand fundamental change to New York’s pretrial justice system. We cannot settle for partial reforms and half measures. To address the urgent jails crisis, New York must pass groundbreaking legislative reform that overhauls our bail, discovery and speedy trial laws.

Together, New Yorkers across the state are building a safer, more just world that invests in communities, not incarceration. Join us.

#FREEnewyork Campaign Partners
(List in formation, updated November 13, 2018)

  1. Action Together Rochester (Rochester, Monroe County)
  2. Ali Forney Center (New York City)
  3. Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) (New York State)
  4. Auburn Seminary (New York City)
  5. Beacon Prison Action (Beacon, Dutchess County)
  6. Bend the Arc (Long Island)
  7. Black Lives Matter – Hudson Valley (Hudson Valley)
  8. Black Lives Matter - Syracuse (Syracuse, Onondaga County)
  9. Black Love Resists in the Rust (Buffalo, Erie County)
  10. Black Youth Project 100-NYC (New York City)
  11. Blackcuse Pride (Syracuse, Onondaga County)
  12. Brooklyn Community Foundation (New York City)
  13. Bronx Defenders (New York City)
  14. Bronx Freedom Fund (New York City)
  15. BronxConnect (New York City)
  16. Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (New York City)
  17. Brooklyn Defender Services (New York City)
  18. Brooklyn Movement Center (New York City)
  19. Buffalo Anti-Racist Coalition (BARC) (Buffalo, Erie County)
  20. Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) (New York State)
  21. Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration (CAAMI) (Albany, Albany County)
  22. Center for Community Alternatives (Syracuse, Onondaga County)
  23. Center for Law & Justice (Albany, Albany County)
  24. Center for Media Justice (National)
  25. Center for Safety and Change (New City, Rockland County)
  26. Challenging Incarceration (New York State)
  27. Citizen Action (New York State)
  28. Civil Rights Corps (National)
  29. College and Community Fellowship (New York City)
  30. Color of Change (National)
  31. Community Governance & Development Council (Yonkers, Westchester)
  32. Community of Living Traditions at the Stony Point Center (Stony Brook, Rockland County)
  33. Community Voices Heard (Westchester County)
  34. Criminal Justice Caucus, Columbia School of Social Work (New York City)
  35. DriveChangeNYC (New York City)
  36. Elias Foundation (Westchester County)
  37. Empire State Indivisible (New York City)
  38. End the New Jim Crow Action Network - Kingston (Kingston, Dutchess County)
  39. End the New Jim Crow Action Network - Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County)
  40. Enough is Enough (Rochester, Monroe County)
  41. Ethical Culture Society of Westchester (Westchester County)
  42. Facing Race, Embracing Equity (FREE) (Rochester, Monroe County)
  43. Federal Defenders of New York (New York State)
  44. First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn (New York City)
  45. Flying Squirrel Community Space (Rochester, Monroe County)
  46. Fortune Society (New York City)
  47. Freedom Food Alliance (New York City)
  48. Gathering for Justice (National)
  49. Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) (New York City)
  50. Girls Inc. of Long Island (Long Island)
  51. Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (Columbia County)
  52. Harm Reduction Coalition (New York State)
  53. Hogarth Center for Social Action, Manhattanville College (Westchester County)
  54. Hope's Door (Westchester County)
  55. Housing Plus Solutions (New York City)
  56. Human Rights Watch (National)
  57. Immigrant Defense Project (New York State)
  58. Irvington Activists (Irvington, Westchester County)
  59. Jewish Voices for Peace - New York City (New York City)
  60. Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (New York City)
  61. John Brown Lives! (Westport, Essex County)
  62. Just Resisting (Buffalo, Erie County)
  63. Justice and Unity in the Southern Tier (JUST) (Binghamton, Broome County)
  64. Justice Ministries Committee of NYC Presbytery (New York City)
  65. JustLeadershipUSA (National)
  66. Know Drones (Westchester County)
  67. Labor-Religion Coalition (New York State)
  68. LatinoJustice (National)
  69. Legal Action Center (New York State)
  70. Legal Aid Society (New York State)
  71. Legal Aid Society of Westchester (Westchester County)
  72. LBTQ Community for Racial Justice (Kingston, Ulster)
  73. Liberation Prison Yoga (New York City)
  74. Long Island Progressive Coalition (Long Island)
  75. Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network (Westchester County)
  76. Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the NYCLU (Westchester County)
  77. LPS/LIFE Progressive Services Group Inc. (Mount Vernon, Westchester County)
  78. M.A.D.E. Transitional Services (Rockland County)
  79. Man Up, Inc. (New York City)
  80. Memorial United Methodist Church of White Plains (Westchester County)
  81. Men of All Colors Together/New York (New York City)
  82. Metro Justice (Rochester, Monroe County)
  83. Muslim Peace Fellowship (Stony Brook, Rockland County)
  84. My Sister's Place (Westchester County)
  85. Nassau County Jail Advocates (Nassau County)
  86. National Action Network (National)
  87. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Criminal Justice Committee (New York State)
  88. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Huntington (Huntington, Suffolk County)
  89. Nazareth Jail Project (Rochester, Monroe County)
  90. New Rochelle United Methodist Church (Westchester County)
  91. New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) (New York State)
  92. New York Communities for Change (NYCC) (Long Island and New York City)
  93. New York County Defender Services (New York State)
  94. NYS Prisoner Justice Network (New York State)
  95. Office of the Appellate Defender (New York City)
  96. One Thousand Arms (National)
  97. OPEN Buffalo (Buffalo, Erie County)
  98. Parole Justice (NYS, New York State)
  99. Parole Preparation Project (New York City)
  100. People Power New Rochelle (New Rochelle, Westchester County)
  101. Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) (New York City)
  102. Prison Action Network (New York State)
  103. Prison Writes (New York City)
  104. Prisoners Are People Too (Buffalo, Erie County)
  105. PUSH Buffalo: People United for Sustainable Housing (Buffalo, Erie County)
  106. Release Aging People from Prison (RAPP) (New York State)
  107. RFK Human Rights (National)
  108. Rise Up Kingston (Kingston, Ulster County)
  109. Roc ACTS (Rochester, Monroe County)
  110. Rochester Prison Education Project (Rochester, Monroe County)
  111. ROCitizen (Monroe County)
  112. Rockland Immigration Coalition (Rockland County)
  113. Sanctuary for Families (New York City)
  114. Second Chance Reentry (Nassau County)
  115. SEPA Mujer (Suffolk County)
  116. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Capital District (Albany, Albany County)
  117. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Buffalo (Buffalo, Erie County)
  118. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Hudson Valley (Hudson Valley)
  119. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - NYC (New York City)
  120. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Rochester (Rochester, Monroe County)
  121. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Westchester (Westchester County)
  122. Social Justice Center (Albany, Albany County)
  123. Social Justice Committee of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock (Manhasset, Long Island)
  124. Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement (National)
  125. STEPS to End Family Violence (Westchester County + New York City)
  126. STRONG Youth (Nassau County)
  127. Sustainable Port Chester Alliance
  128. Syracuse Jail Ministry (Syracuse, Onondaga County)
  129. T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (National)
  130. The Children's Village (New York State)
  131. The Corridor Counts (TCC) (Nassau County)
  132. The Haitian Academy (New York City)
  133. The Innocence Project (National)
  134. The West Side Commons (New York City)
  135. Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (New York City)
  136. Transforming Lives (Westchester County)
  137. United Voices of Cortland (Cortland, Cortland County)
  138. Urban League of Westchester! (Westchester County)
  139. Victory Bus Project (Hudson Valley)
  140. VOCAL NY (New York City)
  141. VOICE Buffalo (Buffalo, Erie County)
  142. Walkabout Chorus (Westchester County)
  143. Washington Square Bail Fund (New York City)
  144. WESPAC Foundation (Westchester County)
  145. Westchester Children's Association (Westchester)
  146. Westchester for Change (Westchester County)
  147. Westchester Coalition for Police Reform (Westchester County)
  148. Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence (Westchester County)
  149. WNY Peace Center (Buffalo, Erie County)
  150. Working Families Organization (New York State)
  151. Youth Represent (New York City)

Contact: Katie Schaffer, JustLeadershipUSA

Katie@justleadershipusa.org • 347-454-2195 • justleadershipusa.org/freenewyork