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Town hall meeting tonight on criminal justice reform


Even though there has been a steady decrease in crime in New York State, the population of county jails continue to grow and more than half of the people who sit in them have not been convicted of a crime. But they remain incarcerated because they can't afford bail, according to advocates for criminal justice reform. 
The #FREEnewyork campaign will hold a town hall style meeting tonight at the David Gantt Community Center, 700 North Street. Dinner and refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the main program will begin at 6 p.m.

No one should sit in jail because they cannot afford bail, the activists say, and the Constitution entitles people to a fair and speedy trial.

The #FREEnewyork campaign has more than 110 partners, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, local groups Metro Justice and Enough is Enough, and numerous faith leaders from across the state working for reform of the bail system.

Activists at tonight's meeting will discuss such issues as how mass incarceration impacts communities of color, how to improve the criminal-justice system, and how to create safer communities,

For more on bail reform, check out our previous coverage here.