Resetting Bail

The Price of Justice in New York City

Past Event
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
5:00 PM — 8:00 PM
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
    Insha Rahman
    Vice President, Advocacy & Partnerships and Director of Vera Action
  • Phoebe Robinson
    Stand-up Comedian and Writer
  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
    President & Director