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Oct
15
2014
NYCLU: Immigration Bills Make New York City a National Leader

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the City Council that passage of two bills will help New York City take the lead in a nationwide movement in which communities are putting the safety and trust of their residents and respect for the Constitution before federal requests to detain immigrants. If passed, the legislation would end the practice of unconstitutionally imprisoning people without a judicial warrant so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes.

Oct
9
2014
NYCLU: School Safety Officers Violated Journalist’s First Amendment Rights

Last night education journalist Lindsey Christ from NY 1 News reported that in two separate incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, NYPD school safety officers interfered with her reporting on city schools and filming on city sidewalks. On Tuesday in Park Slope, a school safety officer reportedly confronted Christ as her news team was trying to interview a student across the street from a school and broke the lens guard off their camera, wrongly claiming that they could not film NYPD officers.

Oct
8
2014
NYCLU: Poor Education is Part of Widespread Mistreatment of Youth at Rikers Island

At a City Council hearing about the treatment of adolescents in New York City jails, the New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify about ways to improve the brutal conditions suffered by minors incarcerated at Rikers Island, particularly those in solitary confinement, and the need for educational services critical for rehabilitation.

Oct
7
2014
NYCLU: City Can Reduce Risks that NYC IDs Pose for Undocumented New Yorkers

At a public hearing tomorrow about New York City's new municipal identity card program (NYC ID), the New York Civil Liberties Union plans to provide recommendations on steps the city can take to better protect the security and privacy of vulnerable New Yorkers who apply for the new ID card.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU Applauds City Council Bill Stopping NYC from Unlawfully Jailing Immigrants

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning applauded New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s announcement that she would introduce legislation that would end the imprisonment of people without a judicial warrant at Rikers Island just so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes. The legislation also expels Immigration and Customs Enforcement from its office in the jail, and ensures that the Department of Corrections cannot expend resources on enforcing immigration laws.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU: New Albany Cyberbullying Bill Harms Youth

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter urging Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy to reject a new cyberbullying bill because of its significant potential to harm youth and criminalize their constitutionally protected speech, while also failing to reduce bullying. The bill, Local Law F of 2014, imposes criminal sanctions, including prison sentences and fines, on young people for engaging in broad categories of speech online.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU Supports New SUNY Sexual Assault Policy

The trustees of the State University of New York today unanimously voted to adopt uniform standards for handling and preventing cases of sexual assault, thanks to urging by Governor Cuomo that they respond to what he called an epidemic of sexual violence. The leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union hailed the governor's proposal.

Sep
25
2014
Justice Department Issues Landmark Support for Public Defense Suit

The Justice Department today submitted a “statement of interest” in a case filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP aimed at overhauling the state’s public defense system and slated to go to trial on Oct. 7. This is the first time that the Department of Justice has weighed in on public defense in a state court proceeding in the more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court held that states must provide the right to counsel to poor people accused of crimes.

Sep
18
2014
Top Court Hears Challenge to Queens DA's Unlawful Interrogation Practices

The New York Court of Appeals heard arguments today in three cases challenging a Queens District Attorney’s office’s program of diverting people accused of crimes into an interrogation room before they are arraigned or have seen an attorney. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in January, the New York Civil Liberties Union contends that the program, which overwhelmingly affects low-income people of color, unconstitutionally denies the right to counsel and the right to a prompt court appearance after arrest.

Sep
17
2014
NYCLU Report Exposes NY’s Failure to Provide Public Defense to Poor in Violation of Constitution

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing grim new data regarding New York State’s abject failure to provide public defense services to poor people accused of crimes, a violation of the U.S. Constitution, state constitution and the laws of New York. The new report also features testimonials from New Yorkers across the state whose families, homes and livelihoods were devastated by the broken public defense system.

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