NYC Public Advocate's Statement On Council's Passage Of His Landmark Legislation To Ban Solitary Confinement And Enhance Police Transparency

December 20th, 2023

Press Release

"Today the city council passed key legislation, with veto-proof majorities, to advance the causes of justice, equity, and public safety. I thank them for their support of my bills to ban solitary confinement and advance transparency in policing, among other bills. This legislation will be transformative in advancing public safety and justice.

"Leading up to this vote, there was a concerted misinformation campaign that misled the public about what these bills will achieve. Instead of honestly engaging with the realities of the legislation and its impact, opponents invented imaginary legislation — then condemned it.

"Now that these bills have been passed, I hope that the administration will work with us to ensure they are enacted and implemented effectively. 

"We have a moral mandate to do all we can to end systemic injustices and inequities, to build policies that make New Yorkers safer. We can have better policing and safer streets at the same time. We can protect corrections officers and basic human rights at the same time.

"But if we don’t recognize these realities, we will never be able to make the changes we need. I ask the opponents of these bills to look back at the last time they opposed reforms, in 2013, and to not repeat the mistakes of decades past."


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