Due Process and Justice
New York’s criminal justice system ensnares thousands of people each year. Police make arrests for minor misbehavior, officer misconduct goes unpunished, and people spend months behind bars awaiting trial. Criminal records follow people for life, limiting job prospects, access to housing, and benefits, and inhumane incarceration results in trauma. Black and brown New Yorkers disproportionately bear the weight of an unfair system.
The NYCLU works to reduce the number of New Yorkers who are arrested and incarcerated, to hold police officers and law enforcement accountable, and to make sure everyone accused of a crime gets a fair trial.
- Public DefensePublic defense attorneys should carry no more than 150 felony cases. In New York, public defense attorneys are known to carry 420 felony cases a year – nearly three times as many as the recommended maximum.
Peoples v. Fischer (Challenging policies governing use of solitary confinement in New York's prisons)January 3, 2013
People v. Harris (Challenging court order requiting Twitter to disclose information on an individual's use of the site)October 25, 2012
- April 19, 2012
- June 15, 2015
- June 1, 2015
Legislative Memo: In Relation to Prohibiting Sex Offenders from any Position involving Substantial Contact with ChildrenApril 3, 2012