ending mass incarceration

Why We're Fighting

 

Every person has inherent dignity and all people, including those who cause harm, are worthy of healing and love. Our criminal-legal system should be grounded in the concepts of safety, fairness, and redemption for everyone. Instead, some fearmongering elected officials and their big-money backers are keeping our communities trapped in a carceral complex that perpetuates harm. It takes money from poor communities, separates families, and affects people’s economic well-being and mental health, resulting in multi-generational harm.

We envision a world that recognizes the inherent dignity of every person, ensures that families and communities stay together, and values people over property. In this world, government intervention breaks cycles of harm instead of perpetuating them. In this world, we have a justice system rooted in redemption and rehabilitation; a system of possibility not punishment.

What We're Fighting For

 

We will end the system of modern-day slavery in New York by:

  • Passing No More Slavery in New York and Fairness & Opportunity For Incarcerated Workers to amend the state constitution to abolish slavery; end forced labor in prison; pay incarcerated workers the state minimum wage; and create a path to work after release
  • Passing Connecting Families to end the outrageous predatory fees incarcerated New Yorkers and their loved ones have to pay for phone calls
  • Passing Treatment Not Jails to stop criminalizing mental health and increase treatment options instead of imprisonment

Ending Mass Incarceration is a part of Our Justice Agenda for 2023. Click here to read the full Agenda and get involved in the fight!

What We're Fighting For

 

We will end the system of modern-day slavery in New York by:

  • Passing No More Slavery in New York and Fairness & Opportunity For Incarcerated Workers to amend the state constitution to abolish slavery; end forced labor in prison; pay incarcerated workers the state minimum wage; and create a path to work after release
  • Passing Connecting Families to end the outrageous predatory fees incarcerated New Yorkers and their loved ones have to pay for phone calls
  • Passing Treatment Not Jails to stop criminalizing mental health and increase treatment options instead of imprisonment

Possibility Not Punishment is a part of Our Justice Agenda for 2023. Click here to read the full Agenda and get involved in the fight!

Join the Fight to end mass incarceration