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Dec
19
2014
NYCLU: With Reforms, Rikers Housing Unit Can Improve Prison Conditions

At a New York City Board of Correction hearing, the New York Civil Liberties Union today submitted testimony in support of comprehensive reforms to the use of punitive segregation and solitary confinement. The Board is considering a proposal for a new housing unit, “enhanced supervision housing,” for incarcerated people who are deemed to pose a serious threat to safety.

Dec
17
2014
Board of Regents, AG Take Important Step to Help Ensure Immigrant Kids Can Go to School

The Board of Regents and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday issued an emergency regulation to help ensure that immigrant children can attend school in New York State. The regulation comes after the New York Civil Liberties Union in October released a review that showed that many school districts across the state may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Dec
15
2014
NYC Must Reform Aggressive Policing of Low-Level Offenses and Summons Court Operations

At a New York City Council hearing on summons court operations and impact, the New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify in support of reforming the system for issuing and processing summonses and urge the Council to re-consider the city’s aggressive enforcement of non-criminal offenses, which has a disproportionate impact on communities of color.

Dec
12
2014
NYCLU Releases Police Reform Platform for New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposing a platform for statewide and citywide police reform focusing on de-escalation of policing practices and meaningful accountability for police wrongdoing.

Dec
12
2014
Motion Demands Public Release of Garner Grand Jury Transcript

The New York Civil Liberties Union yesterday submitted a formal application to the judge who oversaw the Grand Jury proceedings in the chokehold death of Eric Garner asking for the public release of the Grand Jury proceedings transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions given to the jury. The NYCLU’s application specifically requests that any personally identifiable information about the jurors, witnesses and employees of the office of the Staten Island District Attorney be redacted.

Dec
8
2014
NYCLU Applauds NY City Council for Passing Birth Certificate Bill

The New York Civil Liberties Union today commended the New York City Council for passing a bill that makes it easier for transgender New Yorkers to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates.

Dec
3
2014
NYCLU Sues to Allow Families to Visit the Gravesites of their Loved Ones on Hart Island

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a class-action lawsuit to allow family members to visit the graves of their loved ones buried in New York City’s potter’s field, Hart Island – the final resting place for some 1 million people and the largest mass grave in the United States. Current restrictive policies by the Department of Corrections (DOC), which uses prison labor to bury poor or unknown people and oversees all operations on the island, bar people from visiting the graves of their loved ones.

Dec
3
2014
NYCLU: Grand Jury Decision Underscores Need for Wholesale Reform of the NYPD

In response to press reports that a Grand Jury has failed to indict a police officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a father of six accused of selling loose cigarettes illegally, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Oct
31
2014
NYCLU: New School Suspension Data Shows Need for Overhaul of Discipline Policies

The New York City Department of Education today released new data on the number of school suspensions for the 2013-14 school year and its biannual report on the number of suspensions from January to June 2014, the first six month period of the de Blasio administration. The data for the 2013-14 school year indicates that school suspensions are at the same levels since the previous year, as are the disparities in school suspensions for black and Latino students and students with special needs.

Oct
21
2014
Settlement Begins Historic Reformation of Public Defense in New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP today announced a historic settlement that overhauls public defense in five counties and lays the foundation for statewide reform of New York’s broken public defense system. By entering into the agreement, the state is taking responsibility for providing public defense for the first time in the more than 50 years since the Supreme Court held that it is a state obligation.

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