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Feb
26
2015
New Records Reveal Erie County Jail Must Do More to End Abusive Conditions

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released the first 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 progress on conditions in the jails, improvements have been inconsistent and slow in coming.

Feb
9
2015
Fight Continues for Transparency in Sheriff’s Use of Stingray Surveillance Device

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a brief in a lawsuit against the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for its continued refusal to disclose public information “stingrays,” devices that can track and record New Yorkers’ locations via their cell phones.

Jan
30
2015
Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accountability with Pocket Veto

In response to Governor Cuomo’s pocket veto of a bill that would have undermined the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
29
2015
NYCLU Provides Body Camera Guidelines to White House Policing Task Force

On Saturday, Jan. 31, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify on police body cameras during a White House hearing on 21st century policing. In its testimony, the NYCLU encourages police departments to adopt sensible and enforceable policies that ensure body cameras are used for the limited purpose of maximizing officer accountability, with privacy protections and oversight to prevent abuse of the technology.

Jan
21
2015
Governor Outlines Important Criminal Justice Reforms, but Should Not Link DREAM Act to Private School Tax Credit

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

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
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.

Nov
19
2014
NYCLU Sues Erie Co. Sheriff for Information on Surveillance Device

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the Erie County Sheriff’s Department’s failure to follow the law and make public information about how it uses mobile devices to track and record New Yorkers’ locations. The NYCLU first filed a Freedom of Information request in June after local media reports revealed that the Sheriff’s Office was using mobile devices known as ‘stingrays’ to pick up signals from all cell phones and wireless devices within a given area, collecting information on the comings and goings of innocent people in the process.

Oct
30
2014
NYCLU Survey: NY School Districts Illegally Denying Education to Immigrant Children

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings from a review of approximately 20 percent of New York State school districts revealing that the majority of those districts may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

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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