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Jan
30
2015
Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accountability with Pocket Veto

In response to Governor Cuomo’s pocket veto of a bill that would have undermined the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
29
2015
NYCLU Provides Body Camera Guidelines to White House Policing Task Force

On Saturday, Jan. 31, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify on police body cameras during a White House hearing on 21st century policing. In its testimony, the NYCLU encourages police departments to adopt sensible and enforceable policies that ensure body cameras are used for the limited purpose of maximizing officer accountability, with privacy protections and oversight to prevent abuse of the technology.

Jan
22
2015
Obituary: Faith Seidenberg, Pioneer in Women’s Rights and Dedicated Activist for Civil Liberties

The New York Civil Liberties Union mourns the passing of Faith Seidenberg, an attorney and civil rights advocate who worked tirelessly for equality and freedom for all people. Seidenberg is perhaps best known for successfully challenging the 115-year ban on women at East Village institution McSorely’s Old Ale House, a lawsuit which led to legislation in 1970 barring discrimination in public places in New York City based on sex.

Jan
21
2015
Governor Outlines Important Criminal Justice Reforms, but Should Not Link DREAM Act to Private School Tax Credit

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
19
2015
Ulster Sheriff Agrees to Stop Running Stigmatizing Warrant Checks on People Seeking County’s Help

The New York Civil Liberties Union has confirmed that the Ulster County Department of Social Services (DSS) and sheriff entered into an agreement to stop running warrant checks on every person who enters the DSS building to apply for help, ask a question, report a problem or accompany someone else seeking help. The NYCLU was one of the organizations advocating against the policy.

Jan
13
2015
New Rules Make Rikers a Leader in Solitary Confinement Reform

The New York City Board of Correction today announced nationally unprecedented new rules governing the use of solitary confinement at Rikers Island, including ending its use on people 21 and younger and reducing solitary confinement for all prisoners to no more than 30 consecutive days. The New York Civil Liberties Union was among the organizations pressing the Board for the reforms.

Jan
7
2015
NYCLU Commends End of Cell Phone Ban, Demands More Reforms in Schools

In response to press reports that the de Blasio administration will today end the ban on cell phones in New York City public schools, the New York Civil Liberties Union issues the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Jan
6
2015
NYCLU Applauds Onondaga Co. Legislature for Improving Oversight of Jail

The Onondaga County Legislature today passed legislation that will improve oversight at the local jail and help ensure that the basic rights of people incarcerated there are protected. The bill comes after the deaths of Chuniece Patterson and Raul Pinet Jr., two prisoners who died while in custody at the Onondaga County Justice Center. The New York Civil Liberties Union applauded the Legislature for standing up for basic transparency and accountability around serious issues such as use of force against prisoners and the grievous injury or death of a prisoner or employee at the jail.

Dec
30
2014
NYCLU Applauds Cuomo Veto of Bill That Would Decrease Accountability at Rikers Island

Governor Cuomo late last night vetoed a bill drafted by the correction officers' union that seeks to protect guards from prosecution for acts of brutality against inmates at Rikers Island facilities. The bill would have given the Queens District Attorney exclusive jurisdiction in such cases.

Dec
19
2014
With Reforms, Rikers Housing Unit Can Improve Prison Conditions

At a New York City Board of Correction hearing, the New York Civil Liberties Union today submitted testimony in support of comprehensive reforms to the use of punitive segregation and solitary confinement. The Board is considering a proposal for a new housing unit, “enhanced supervision housing,” for incarcerated people who are deemed to pose a serious threat to safety.

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