“We are here to expose the state violence that is still happening in communities of color,” said Marvin Mayfield, an organizer at the Center for Community Alternatives. “We must remember that state violence doesn’t stop when a person is convicted. In many cases, it is just the beginning of the brutality of the jails and the prisons in New York State.”

Marchers demanded lawmakers pass a package of bills that would reduce sentences for aging detainees, encourage rehabilitation alternatives, decriminalize loitering for prostitution, prevent law enforcement from arresting people for civic violations while they are in, going or leaving court, and restrict the use of solitary confinement to 15 days.

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