Members of the New York Giants football team are planning to visit Binghamton tomorrow to attend a community forum on bail and jail.
The local chapter of Citizen Action is hosting the event with the help of the Vera Institute.
Giants defensive back Michael Thomas and a couple of his teammates are expected to participate in a discussion of criminal justice reform.
Activists want to address Broome County’s incarceration rate which they say is the highest in the state.
And they object to the quality of medical care being provided in the Broome County Jail.
Citizen Action in conjunction with the local group JUST have been organizing a community court watch since last October in which activists sit through court proceedings and take notes on what they witness.
A report compiling the information will be released at tomorrow’s event.
Citizen Action Regional Director Mary Clark says, “There is a whole wide array of inconsistencies in terms of who goes to jail, what bail is set, all of that. And that becomes alarming and that’s why we are excited about the new reforms because it sets sort of a universal standard around the state.”>
Thursday evening’s forum takes place at United Presbyterian Church on Chenango Street in Binghamton and begins promptly at 6.
The event is free and childcare will be provided.
The Giants players will spend tomorrow night in Binghamton and Friday morning will participate in a court watch and then visit students at Binghamton’s East Middle School.
After that, they will travel to tour the Tompkins County Jail because Clark says their request to visit the Broome County Jail was denied.