In the Legislature

Legislative advocacy is a critical part of the NYCLU's interdisciplinary approach to protecting civil liberties, which also includes litigation, community organizing, and communications.

As part of its work to affect legislation the NYCLU distributes dozens of legislative memoranda each year. Legislative memoranda are position papers that the NYCLU distributes to the governor's office and to state legislators and their staffs laying out our views on bills under deliberation or on issues that we feel the Legislature needs to address.


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Legislative Memo: Double Jeopardy

Since this country’s founding, people in the United States have relied on double jeopardy protections to shield individual liberty and guard against government harassment and overreach.[1]

March 28, 2019

Legislative Memo: “Mugshot” and Booking Information Ban

Arrest photos can affect one’s personal life, job prospects, educational opportunities, housing options, and career advancement – and companies should not have free reign to profit off of this black market in privacy.

March 28, 2019

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