The FREEnewyork Campaign filled the state Capitol stairs on Feb. 27. The coalition of criminal justice advocates was joined by lawmakers in a raucous rally held on the steps of the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol. NYN Media was on hand as those assembled chanted that “we can’t wait” for lawmakers who wish to delay on legislation that would abolish cash bail, speed up trials and open discovery laws for criminal defendants.
About 100 people attended the rally, with several nonprofits sending representatives, including Legal Aid Society, New York Civil Liberties Union, VOCAL-NY, Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and JustLeadershipUSA. The new Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly have added urgency to their efforts and some activists were not afraid of warning lawmakers that their future support could hinge on what gets done – and what is left undone – this session.