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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.

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 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.

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.

Apr
30
2015
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on New York’s Communities of Color

In response to a report released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “It is disingenuous to suggest that critics of Broken Windows do not care about the quality of life of all New York City residents.

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.

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
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
Community Input into Policing is Necessary for Public Safety

At a New York City Council hearing today, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify endorsing community policing, a policing model that would entail greater community involvement and oversight of NYPD practices.

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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