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Human Rights Watch Memorandum of Support for the New York 2019 Bail Elimination Act

MEMORANDUM OF SUPPORT for the New York 2019 Bail Elimination Act (S.2101A)  Human Rights Watch urges the New York Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign comprehensive bail reform this session. We strongly support the Bail Elimination Act (S.2101A - Gianaris),[1] which would end money bail, decarcerate jails across New York State, protect the presumption of innocence, and strengthen due process.[2] Of the more than 20,000 people held in New York’s local jails every day, nearly 70% are pretrial.[3] They have not been convicted, but remain incarcerated - separated from their families and loved…

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