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Jun
23
2016
Government Report Shows Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Make New York Safer

The Department of Investigation’s Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD on Wednesday released a report that looked at the relationship between quality-of-life policing and serious crime. The report showed quality-of-life summons activity between 2010 and 2015 dramatically declined with no increase in felony crime. The results bolster what the New York Civil Liberties Union has known for years: the NYPD’s use of broken windows policing doesn’t make anyone safer.

Jun
21
2016
NYCLU Announces Performers for Annual “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom” Benefit Concert

Susan Blackwell as host and Liesl Tommy as keynote speaker, with performances by Andrea Burns, Jayne Houdyshell, Kristolyn Lloyd, Eliseo Roman, Jennifer Simard and more.

Jun
17
2016
Historic Public Defense Reform Passes in New York

In the final hours of the 2016 legislative session lawmakers passed historic legislation that promises to fundamentally reform the state’s public defense system. Provided the governor signs the bill (S.8114/A.10706) into law, the state will take responsibility for funding public defense for the first time since the Supreme Court held, more than fifty years ago, that the state must provide a lawyer to criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney.

Jun
16
2016
NYCLU Applauds Senate for Passing Public Defense Bill, Urges Assembly to Pass Before End of Session

The New York State Senate today unanimously passed a statewide public defense bill that would fundamentally reform public defense services. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among groups that have advocated for passage of the bill. It now goes to the Assembly where it is expected to pass.

Jun
15
2016
Civil Liberties Groups Urge NY Senate to Pass Legislation that Promotes Diversity in TV

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), the New York Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project today released a joint statement supporting a New York state bill that would make New York the first state to create financial incentives for TV productions to hire women and people of color in writing and directing roles.

Jun
9
2016
NYCLU Applauds Campaign Finance Reform Opinion Issued by Governor’s Office

Governor Cuomo’s counsel, Alphonso David, issued an opinion letter yesterday outlining important steps that would lead to critical campaign finance reforms. The following statement can be attributed to Arthur Eisenberg, legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Jun
2
2016
NYCLU Applauds Assembly for Passing Historic Public Defense Reform Bill

The New York State Assembly today passed, with overwhelming support, the Public Defense Mandate Relief Act (A6202-C), a historic bill designed to fundamentally reform public defense services statewide. The New York Civil Liberties Union is one of the groups that has been advocating for passage of the bill.

May
26
2016
Complaint: NYPD Unlawfully Orders Homeless People to Leave Public Spaces

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint today on behalf of Picture the Homeless urging the New York City Commission on Human Rights to investigate the NYPD’s practice of forcing homeless people in Harlem to “move along” when they have not violated any laws but are simply present on streets, sidewalks and in other public spaces. The NYCLU argues that the NYPD’s actions violate the Community Safety Act, which prohibits “bias-based profiling,” including targeting people based on their housing status. Today’s action is the first major actions brought under the Community Safety Act.

May
25
2016
NYCLU Hails Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Act and Calls for Accompanying Police Reforms

The New York City Council passed the Criminal Justice Reform Act today, a package of eight bills that could prevent hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, especially people of color, from being slapped with criminal records for minor offenses. The bills require the NYPD to create a policy encouraging officers to steer people accused of certain low-level offenses, like littering and drinking in public, into civil court where they will not face criminal penalties. The bills now go to Mayor de Blasio, who is expected to sign them.

May
19
2016
NYCLU Sues NYPD After it Refuses to Disclose Critical Information About Stingrays

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today against the NYPD after the department refused to reveal important information about its acquisition of Stingrays—controversial surveillance devices that spy on cell phones nearby and that can be used to track location. The lawsuit comes after the NYCLU revealed in February that the NYPD has used Stingrays more than 1,000 times since 2008 in investigations ranging from robbery and drug cases to criminal contempt of court, without a written policy.

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