Over the past half-century, New York’s sentencing laws have driven the crisis of mass incarceration. From the 1970’s Rockefeller Drug Laws to the 1990’s “tough on crime” era, New York built a sentence regime that funnelled hundreds of thousands into cages. Learn the history, then join the fight to undo these harms.
New York spends more than $3 billion each year to cage New Yorkers in state prisons. These resources are thus unavailable for what truly creates safety: education, housing, healthcare, and community-based programs.
We are fighting to win legislation that will decarcerate New York’s prisons, interrupt the abusive power of prosecutors, and build the power of Black, brown, working class and poor communities most impacted by injustices within the criminal legal system. Together, we will: