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Jul
16
2015
Garner Anniversary Underscores Need for Vast Culture Shift, Smart Criminal Justice Policies

On the one-year anniversary of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island father of six accused of selling loose cigarettes illegally, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement. It is attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jul
8
2015
New York City Takes Important Step toward Ending Destructive Cash Bail System

In response to press reports that New York City will next year begin offering alternatives to cash bail for New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jul
8
2015
Special Prosecutor is a Good Step Toward Restoring Public Trust in Criminal Justice System

In response to an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointing the attorney general as a special prosecutor in certain police-related civilian deaths, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement. It is attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jul
8
2015
Victory Allows Families to Visit Hart Island Graves

Starting later this month, family members will be able to visit the graves of loved ones buried in New York City’s potter’s field, Hart Island, thanks to a settlement reached today between the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York City. The agreement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by the NYCLU in December 2014 challenging a city policy barring people from visiting the gravesites of family members buried on the island – the final resting place for 1 million people and the largest mass grave in the United States.

Jun
29
2015
City Council Testimony Supports 'Right to Know Act' to Make Everyday Police Encounters Safer

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the New York City Council in support of the Right to Know Act, a package of two bill which require police to identify themselves when they stop someone and explain why the stop is taking place, and inform a person when he has a right to refuse being searched.

Jun
24
2015
State Legislative Leaders Fail to Agree to Any Major Criminal Justice Reforms

Despite countless protests, the deaths of Eric Garner, Kalief Browder and too many others, and growing distrust between communities and law enforcement agencies, New York State’s legislative leaders announced they have failed to agree to any major criminal justice reforms, inaction denounced by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Jun
17
2015
New York City Must End Cash Bail System, NYCLU Testifies

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the New York City Council that it must immediately abolish cash bail for New Yorkers accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

May
6
2015
Rikers Violence Requires Focused Reforms, NYCLU Testifies

At a hearing examining violence at and oversight of Rikers Island, the New York Civil Liberties Union will today urge the New York City Council to consider the 11 bills currently before the Council within the context of broader reforms focused on the root factors contributing to the jail’s over-population.

May
5
2015
NYCLU Supporters in Albany to Demand Justice for All

New York Civil Liberties Union supporters from across the state are in Albany today to call on lawmakers to fix the state’s broken public defense system during the first annual NYCLU Lobby Day, the largest ever gathering of NYCLU members and supporters. Kicking off with a rally and press conference in West Capitol Park on the Swan Street steps, advocates were joined by legislators voicing their firm commitment to the statewide reform of public defense.

May
5
2015
NYCLU to File Appeal for Public Release of Garner Grand Jury Transcripts

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today pursue an appeal from a Staten Island judge’s March 19 decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury that failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the transcript, as well as the evidence presented and the instructions the jury was given.

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