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Oct
1
2013
NYCLU Appeals Decision to Keep Erie Jail Progress Reports Secret

On September 26, 2013, the New York Civil Liberties Union’ Western Regional Office appealed a federal judge’s decision to keep secret progress reports on inmate conditions at two Erie County jails.

Dec
6
2012
NYCLU Lawsuit Challenges New York State’s Use of Solitary Confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York prison officials' system-wide policies and practices governing solitary confinement that are responsible for the arbitrary and unjustified use of extreme isolation on thousands of individuals incarcerated in New York’s prisons every year.

Nov
2
2012
NYCLU and Common Cause/NY Partner to Combat Voter Intimidation on Election Day

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause/NY today announced joint measures to protect New Yorkers’ voting rights in polling districts in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, Albany and Long Island. The NYCLU and Common Cause/NY have learned that True the Vote, a Houston-based organization with a history of using voter intimidation tactics in minority and low-income voting precincts, is recruiting and training poll watchers to challenge voters on Election Day at polling places in where U.S. Congressional races are tight.

Oct
2
2012
NYCLU Report Exposes Inhumane, Arbitrary Use of Solitary Confinement in NY State Prisons

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released an investigative report documenting in unprecedented detail how the use of solitary confinement in New York State prisons is arbitrary and unjustified; harms prisoners and prison staff; and decreases prison and community safety.

Aug
30
2012
NYCLU Launches Online Voting Rights Guide

The New York Civil Liberties Union today launched Let Me Vote – an all-inclusive guide on the right to vote in New York State. The toolkit provides everything New Yorkers need to register to vote and cast their ballots on Election Day. “The right to vote is a fundamental pillar of our democracy,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “At a time when this sacred right is under assault in states across the nation, our new voting rights guide will help empower all New Yorkers to protect their right to vote.”

Jul
31
2012
NYCLU Seeks Records about Use of License Plate Readers by Police Across New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union this week asked law enforcement officials in the Lower Hudson Valley, Suffolk County, Nassau County and Western New York, as well as the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, to turn over records about how they use automatic license plate readers (ALPR) to track and record New Yorkers’ movements. The request was filed as part of a nationally coordinated public records request with 34 other American Civil Liberties Union state affiliates.

Jul
12
2012
False Occupy Murder Match Raises Concerns about DNA Database and NYPD Practices

In response to reports that an apparent link between a DNA sample taken at an Occupy Wall Street action and the 2004 unsolved murder of a Julliard student may be the result of a crime lab error, the New York Civil Liberties Union today issued the following statement, which is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Feb
2
2012
Occupy Buffalo Eviction an Affront to Free Speech

In response to the unlawful, overnight eviction of Occupy Buffalo demonstrators from Niagara Square, the New York Civil Liberties Union today issued the following statement attributable to NYCLU Western Regional Office Director John A. Curr III:

Dec
9
2011
NYCLU Brokers Deal Between Occupy Buffalo and City to Protect Protest

The New York Civil Liberties Union has helped broker an agreement reached today between the City of Buffalo and the Occupy Buffalo movement that will allow demonstrators to continue camping in Niagara Square. “This agreement is a win-win. It shows that cities can both accommodate free speech and protect public safety,” said John A. Curr III, director of the NYCLU’s Western Regional Office. “We’re gratified that the city and the protestors were willing to come to the table and negotiate this reasonable deal.”

Dec
2
2011
Court Upholds State Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

New York Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine today upheld New York’s law ending prison-based gerrymandering in the Little v. LATFOR lawsuit. His decision squarely rejects the plaintiffs’ claim that the New York law violated various provisions of the New York State Constitution. The New York Civil Liberties Union was among seven civil rights organizations representing 15 voters from around New York State who joined the suit as intervenor-defendants.

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