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Jul
21
2016
NYPD Releases Complete School Safety Data for First Time

The NYPD issued new school safety data today on the use of handcuffs and metal detectors in schools, and the number of arrests made by NYPD officers on school grounds, as required by amendments to the Student Safety Act passed last year.

Jul
19
2016
Broadway's Best Raise their Voices in Support of Civil Liberties at Annual NYCLU Concert

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s 14th annual “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom” drew a packed house at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night. Dozens of Broadway stars and performers honored the NYCLU's work. “Our hearts are filled with music and gratitude to the many Broadway stars who joined us in support of civil liberties and the arts,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU. “Thanks to their talents and their generosity, the show not only raised artistic spirits, but it also raised awareness and money for the NYCLU’s crucial work.”

Jul
13
2016
NYCLU: Further Delays Will Keep Youth in Solitary at Rikers

The New York City Board of Correction yesterday approved the fourth request from the Department of Correction to delay the end of solitary confinement for young adults at the notorious Rikers Island jail complex. In January 2015, the department committed to ending solitary for young adults by January 2016, but today there are 16 people age 19 to 21 still in solitary on Rikers.

Jul
12
2016
More of Broadway’s Finest to Headline NYCLU Benefit “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom”

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced today an updated, star-studded lineup for its annual benefit concert. “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom” will feature performances by some of Broadway’s best on Monday, July 18, at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place).

Jul
12
2016
NYCLU: City Council Must Act Now to Make Police Encounters Safer

The New York Civil Liberties Union submitted testimony to the New York City Council today offering qualified support for three bills that would require public reporting on the use of force and misconduct by NYPD officers. Although the three bills (539-A, 606-B and 824-A) would increase transparency, the City Council must take more decisive action to change the behavior of NYPD officers and make police encounters safer by passing the Right to Know Act.

Jul
8
2016
NYCLU: After National Spate of Killings, We Must Rebuild Trust Between People and Police

In response to the police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the murder of five police officers by snipers in Dallas, Texas, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director, Donna Lieberman:

Jun
23
2016
Government Report Shows Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Make New York Safer

The Department of Investigation’s Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD on Wednesday released a report that looked at the relationship between quality-of-life policing and serious crime. The report showed quality-of-life summons activity between 2010 and 2015 dramatically declined with no increase in felony crime. The results bolster what the New York Civil Liberties Union has known for years: the NYPD’s use of broken windows policing doesn’t make anyone safer.

Jun
21
2016
NYCLU Announces Performers for Annual “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom” Benefit Concert

Susan Blackwell as host and Liesl Tommy as keynote speaker, with performances by Andrea Burns, Jayne Houdyshell, Kristolyn Lloyd, Eliseo Roman, Jennifer Simard and more.

Jun
17
2016
Historic Public Defense Reform Passes in New York

In the final hours of the 2016 legislative session lawmakers passed historic legislation that promises to fundamentally reform the state’s public defense system. Provided the governor signs the bill (S.8114/A.10706) into law, the state will take responsibility for funding public defense for the first time since the Supreme Court held, more than fifty years ago, that the state must provide a lawyer to criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney.

Jun
16
2016
NYCLU Applauds Senate for Passing Public Defense Bill, Urges Assembly to Pass Before End of Session

The New York State Senate today unanimously passed a statewide public defense bill that would fundamentally reform public defense services. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among groups that have advocated for passage of the bill. It now goes to the Assembly where it is expected to pass.

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