Date: 10/06/2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn)

Price: Free, in advance

The sole purpose of bail is to ensure that defendants return to court. Yet in Brooklyn, nearly 90% of misdemeanor defendants can’t afford $1,000 bail. The result: they’re sent to Rikers and ultimately plead guilty just to go home. Shaila Dewan, a New York Times journalist who has written extensively about bail, will moderate a panel that explores New York’s two-tiered criminal justice system where income too often determines guilt or innocence. Panelists will include Honorable Judge George Grasso, Public Defender (previously with Brooklyn Defender Services) Josh Saunders, and criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin, and an individual who couldn't afford bail.

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