Greater Justice New York on Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget Proposal

This week, Governor Hochul released her executive budget proposal for New York, which includes $16.1 million in additional executive funding for community violence intervention programs, $10 million for pretrial services, and $20 million to support communities affected by gun violence. Jullian Harris-Calvin, director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Greater Justice New York program, issued the following statement:

“I am pleased that Governor Hochul has advanced the inclusion of vital new funding for community violence intervention programs, pretrial services, and reentry services in her executive budget proposal. These services are proven to be effective in reducing violence, increasing public safety, strengthening communities, and creating safe alternatives to incarceration. Critical investments in these types of services will have a huge impact on communities across New York State and will help make New Yorkers safer.”

About the Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice is powered by hundreds of advocates, researchers, and activists working to transform the criminal legal and immigration systems until they’re fair for all. Founded in 1961 to advocate for alternatives to money bail in New York City, Vera is now a national organization that partners with impacted communities and government leaders for change. We develop just, antiracist solutions so that money doesn’t determine freedom; fewer people are in jails, prisons, and immigration detention; and everyone is treated with dignity. Vera’s headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit