What New York Can Learn From New Jersey's Bail Reform Law
In the weeks since New York State's new bail reform law officially went into effect, the debate over its effects on the criminal justice system have intensified.
The policy eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses, but law enforcement officials and Republican legislators say the policy is threatening public safety.
But New Yorkers don't have to look far to get insight into how bail reform has played out in other places: New Jersey enacted its own bail reform laws in 2017. And the reform was championed by none other than Republican Governor Chris Christie.
Advocates like Jeremy Travis, from philanthropy Arnold Ventures, call New Jersey's laws a success story, but even there the roll out wasn't smooth—despite its having bipartisan support and several years of preparation.
Travis told WNYC host Jami Floyd that opposition is part of the process. "But New Jersey worked its way through it."
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A Remembrance of Cardvark, the MTA's Proposed MetroCard Mascot
New York is preparing to phase out the MetroCard and fully embrace the tap-and-go OMNY system in the subways. The change has prompted Gothamist reporter Ben Yakas to look back at the last time the MTA overhauled the way it collects fares: switching from tokens to swiping a card.
New Jersey wants to ban NYC's controversial homeless relocation program
New Jersey landlords would no longer be able to accept rental assistance from other states relocating their homeless population under a bill that cleared a Senate Committee earlier this week.
If passed, the bill would effectively ban a New York City program that relocates families living in homeless shelters to apartments with a full year's worth of rent paid up front.
About 2,200 families have been placed across 62 New Jersey municipalities. But local officials say families often live in deplorable conditions or in illegal rentals.
Newark and Jersey City have taken Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration to court over the program.
When Kehinde Wiley's Portrait Met Napoleon
On the left: A dramatically-lit, monumental oil painting of a black man on a ferocious rearing horse, his right finger pointing at the sky, his face cool and determined. He’s wearing camouflage fatigues, Timberland boots, and a Starter wristband. Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005) is by Kehinde Wiley, best known for the presidential portrait of Barack Obama.
On the right: The painting Wiley based his on, the famous Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800) by Jacques-Louis David. In it, a white man — Napoleon Bonaparte — sits calmly on a rearing horse, his finger pointing at the sky. He’s wearing a bicorne hat — tilted sideways. It’s the first time this original has come to New York (you may have seen replicas — in those, Napoleon is usually wearing a red cloak instead of a yellow one).
Both portraits are part of the show Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum. This is the first time these two paintings — made 200 years apart — have been placed side by side.
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