One Day To Protect New Yorkers

One Day to Protect New Yorkers passed as part of the FY 2020 New York State Executive Budget in Part OO (page 50) of the Public Protection and General Government (PPGG) Article VII Legislation with Amendments to be included from Part MMM (page 152). This three-year campaign success amends NY law to reduce the maximum sentence on class A misdemeanor offenses by one day. Read our joint statement here and help us raise awareness on social media using this toolkit

Effective immediately, maximum sentence on class A misdemeanors in New York State is changed to 364 days. The bill addresses a mismatch in the way New York law overlaps with federal immigration law. Under immigration law, certain minor convictions that are punishable by a year or more leads to unnecessary, harsh immigration consequences. This change protects thousands of New Yorkers from being torn away from their communities due to immigration detention, denial of necessary forms of immigration relief, and deportation. Assemblymember Marcos Crespo and State Senator Jessica Ramos introduced and championed the bill earlier this session.

On April 12, 2019, the One Day to Protect New Yorkers Act was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. See how the new law impacts individuals with varied experiences with justice involvement

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