Group heads from Rochester to Albany to lobby lawmakers on prison reform

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Advocates for students and prison reform are headed to Albany to lobby lawmakers.

A group boarded a bus Monday morning in Rochester. They’re seeking to move state funding from jails and prison to schools.

Criminal justice reformers want bail and discovery reform. They say some 16,000 New Yorkers languish in jail while awaiting trial.

“It’s actually really important,” said Mercedes Phelan, lead organizer for Citizen Action New York. “Right now, it’s budget season and legislators need to prioritize our children instead of investing in prisons and investing in jails.”

Advocates will sit down with representatives from across the state. Buses left from Rochester, Buffalo, Utica, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City.

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