The Decarceration Project firmly believes that our clients are best served when our work serves as a check to the unconstitutional administration of New York’s bail statute. We are engaged in two types of litigation: direct representation of incarcerated clients in conjunction with trial staff, and impact litigation aimed at reforming our system’s broken bail laws. The primary goal of our litigation effort is to ensure that those who should be released from jail are able to get back to their communities as quickly as possible. Our secondary goal is to stop bad judicial actors from continuing to set unconstitutional bail in order to generate a decision from an appellate court that could usher in sweeping changes to the administration of bail in New York.
The Decarceration Project conducts trainings on bail reform for organizations in New York City, New York State and with sister organizations throughout the United States. Our trainings include New York’s Bail Law 101 to more complex trainings covering writs of habeas corpus, and bail reform.