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Apr
16
2015
NYC Principals Alerted to Students’ Privacy Rights on Cell Phones

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter to all New York City public school principals alerting them to students’ privacy rights and urging they adopt a model policy with regard to how their schools handle student cell phones. The letter comes in response to the end of the citywide ban on cell phones in school.

Apr
14
2015
New Records Reveal Revolving Door for People with Mental Illness in Erie County Jail

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released the second in a series of reports documenting prisoner conditions at two Erie County jails. The NYCLU won the release of the reports following a two-year legal battle with the county, and the documents reveal that while the county has made considerable progress in its treatment of people in the jails with mental health conditions, the county lacks a strategy to address the revolving door where people cycle in and out of jail because they only get mental health care while they are incarcerated.

Apr
7
2015
Erie County Sheriff Records Reveal Invasive Use of “Stingray” Technology

The New York Civil Liberties Union released today records it received from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office on its use of ”stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones. The records showed that of the 47 times the Sheriff’s Office used stingrays in the past four years, it apparently only once obtained a court order, contradicting the sheriff’s own remarks.

Mar
25
2015
Assembly Stands Up for Healthy Families by Passing Reproductive Services Act

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Assembly for passing the Reproductive Services Act, a bill that will strengthen and modernize New York’s abortion laws. “The State Assembly has a proud record of championing the rights of women,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “This important legislation is not only about strengthening reproductive rights. It’s about supporting autonomy, privacy and dignity. It’s about supporting healthy families.”

Mar
19
2015
NYCLU and ACLU Sue TSA for Records on Discredited ‘Behavior Detection’ Program

The NYCLU and the American Civil Liberties Union took the Transportation Security Administration to court today in an effort to uncover documents about a controversial passenger screening program used at airports nationwide. The program is called Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. TSA “behavior detection officers” watch passengers in airport screening areas for behaviors that the TSA associates with stress, fear or deception – sometimes also engaging travelers in casual conversation. The officers then flag certain people for additional inspection and questioning.

Mar
19
2015
Decision in Garner Grand Jury Records Case Adds Fuel to New Yorkers’ Distrust of System

In response to a Staten Island judge’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the Grand Jury’s transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions the jury was given.

Mar
17
2015
Assembly Stands Up for NY’s Families, Economy by Passing Paid Family Leave

The New York State Assembly today passed the Paid Family Leave Act, legislation that allows New York workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among the advocacy organizations that has been pressing for years for the state to support New York’s workers and families by passing the legislation.

Mar
17
2015
Court Orders Erie County Sheriff to Disclose Use of Stingray Surveillance Device

In a victory for the public’s right to know, a Supreme Court judge in Buffalo this afternoon ruled that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office must disclose public information “stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones. The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the Sheriff’s Office in November for failing to follow the law and respond to public information about how it uses the devices.

Mar
4
2015
TV Show Examines NYC School to Prison Pipeline

Project Liberty, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s television show, is back and broadcasting across New York City. Our sixth episode – now available on YouTube – highlights the experiences of New York City public school students who encounter metal detectors, overly-aggressive policing and other challenges as they pursue their constitutional right to education.

Mar
3
2015
Health Care Transparency Will Help Address Overincarceration and Violence at Rikers, According to NYCLU Testimony

Regular reporting on the physical and mental health of people incarcerated on Rikers Island and the provision of care prisoners there receive will take New York City a step closer toward addressing the violence that plagues the jail, according to testimony to be delivered today before the New York City Council.

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