Resetting Bail—the Price of Justice in New York City

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Unfairness in the city’s bail system is costing us too much.

New York City is taking a hard look at our bail system at a time when there is new energy for reform: in the last year, bail has been taken up in late-night comedy sketches from John Oliver*, impassioned speeches by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a dedicated reality TV show on bail bondsmen in New York City, and in-depth investigative reporting by the news and other media.

Join the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Vera Institute of Justice in an engaging discussion about the way our City’s bail system works, strategies for making it more fair and effective, and the pioneering practices already in place to inspire enduring change.

Our communities and our City can’t afford to get bail wrong. Advocates and policymakers don’t have all of the answers. 

We’re looking for the next bold, big idea on bail. Come and help us find it.

*Not to be outdone by John Oliver, comedian Phoebe Robinson (of 2 Dope Queens fame) will be joining us!


Chiraag Bains, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice

Joseph Dawson, Chief Assistant District Attorney and General Counsel at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office

Shaila Dewan, Reporter at the New York Times

Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Honorable George Grasso, Supervising Judge of New York City Criminal Court Arraignments

Renee Gregory, First Assistant District Attorney at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

Jonathan Hayes, Senior Associate at ideas42                                                                 

Robyn Mar, Deputy Director of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders

Judge Robert M. Levy, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York     

Miriam Popper, Program Director of Alternatives to Detention and Incarceration at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice   

Ezra Ritchin, Project Director of the Bronx Freedom Fund

Insha Rahman, Senior Planner on Bail Reform at the Vera Institute of Justice

Phoebe Robinson, Stand-up Comedian and Writer

Nicholas Turner, President and Director of the Vera Institute of Justice


For more information please contact David Hanbury at:

As the Mayor’s chief advisor on public safety strategy, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice shapes, funds, and evaluates initiatives that advance three key goals: reducing crime; reducing unnecessary arrests and incarceration; and promoting fairness. To learn more about the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, please visit
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