End mass incarceration and cash bail:

End cash bail and release poor and working people to await their trial dates at home. End Broken Windows policing. Divest $11 Billion from the creation of 4 new NYC jails and invest into community programs.  End the racist and classist NYPD gang database. 

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The problem

  • The U.S. prison system holds nearly a quarter of the world’s prison population, and yet the United States has only 5% of the world’s population. Within the United States, a disproportionate number of these prisoners are young Black people, Latinos/Latinas, and Native Americans. Almost all are poor, working class of all nationalities, and ethnic groups. 
  • The capitalist class is waging a war against the poor and working class. The United States has over 2.4 million people behind bars, an increase of over 500% in the past 30 years. The American injustice system has 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities and 3,163 local jails as well as military prisons, ICE facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories. 
  • From 1997 to 2007 the number of women in prison has increased by 832% and continues to rise today. People of color represent 60% of people in cages. 
  • The NYPD gang database list is only available to the police and prosecutors. The NYPD regularly declines Freedom of Information Act requests from citizens seeking to find out if they are on the list. It has come out, however, that 99% of people on it are Black or Latino.
  • In NYC, despite the overwhelming opposition in every borough to jail expansion voiced at many public hearings, the City Planning Commission voted “yes” on Sept. 3, 2019, to go ahead with its original plan to shut down Rikers. It plans to spend $11 billion to build new jails in four communities to replace it — a plan the current mayor did not speak out against.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has held that pretrial detention can violate the Fourth Amendment even if a judge has found probable cause for the detention. In NYC, the pretrial detention jail population has  grown to 3,364, according to daily Department of Correction reports, because people are not able to afford bail. 

Our Plan:

  • End cash bail. That would allow poor and working-class people to be immediately released and sent home until their trial date.
  • End broken-windows policing in poor and working-class communities that unjustly incarcerates our youth and community members.
  • Divest $11 billion from the creation of four new NYC jails. Instead, invest in community programs that offer alternatives to punitive systems and prevent crimes.
  • End the morally wrong, fundamentally racist and classist gang database that targets Black, Brown and immigrant youth and communities.