Jails have always been—and will continue to be—sites of violence, trauma, and death. Yet, the number of people jailed continues to skyrocket. Every 30 minutes in New York City, someone is jailed, often because they cannot afford their bail. The only way to end the abuse and violence of incarceration is to free people now.
September 23, 2021 | Press Release
Anything short of decarceration, especially during the current public health and humanitarian crisis behind bars, would demonstrate a lack of commitment to the freedom, safety, and dignity of New Yorkers. The New York City Council should be taking every step possible to reduce the number of people jailed immediately.
September 15, 2021
June 21, 2021
New York City invests millions of dollars into prosecution, yet district attorney offices are purposefully opaque about their decision-making and the scope of harm they inflict on communities of color.
May 4, 2021
As deportations under the Biden administration continue, is Biden unwilling or unable to control the Department of Homeland Security?
February 11, 2021
When New Yorkers rose up in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, an influx of donations made it possible for BCBF to distribute $4.6 million to support bail for demonstrators and to support Black-led collectives, organizations, and organizers in New York State.
December 10, 2020
On April 3, Governor Cuomo signed into law a state budget that reverses key recent reforms to the state’s cash bail system.
April 9, 2020
Criminal justice reformers are rethinking the crusade against cash bail.
April 6, 2020
We need further decarceration. Instead, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers—in their zeal to lock human beings in cages— pushed through a backroom deal to expand pretrial jailing so thousands more New Yorkers will be subjected to imprisonment and unspeakable harm.
April 2, 2020 | Press Release