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Bail Reform

Plymouth has joined with other houses of worship to seek changes in the legal system that have discriminatory impacts on communities of color. This spring the focus is on bail reform - reducing or eliminating the number of arrested persons who, because they can't afford bail, must spend weeks, months or years in prison awaiting trial.

Please take a moment now to print, sign and mail this letter asking for bail reform to the Governor.  It must be sent by Friday March 23.

Did you know that 80% of the people being held on Rikers Island have not been convicted of any crime?    In fact, they are people accused of crimes - many of them misdemeanors and nonviolent infractions - who must wait in jail for trial because they cannot afford bail.  That wait can last weeks, months, or years, in a place that is violent and dangerous.  Meanwhile, they lose jobs, their families struggle, children are separated from parents.  Though they should be presumed innocent, they are effectively being punished for being poor. 

Watch a wonderful overview video.  Read the Interfaith Talking Points.


The Racial Justice Ministry will lead an exploration and discussion on Michelle Alexander's book  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Participants are encouraged to read the book, but it is not required to come for the discussion