Unlikely Fans of Supreme Court Ruling on Guns: Public Defenders

Judges in New York have so far rejected their argument that the decision should lead to the dropping of gun charges against their clients.

#brooklyn-nyc, #gun-control, #legal-aid-society, #thomas-clarence

Hundreds Have Left N.Y. Public Defender Offices Over Low Pay

Lawyers at public defender services have said they are overworked and are facing a hard choice between making a living and making sure justice is served.

#bronx-defenders, #brooklyn-defender-services, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal

Port Authority Settlement Will End Undercover Bathroom Patrols

In a settlement this week for a lawsuit accusing Port Authority police of discrimination and false arrests, the agency said it would no longer conduct plainclothes sting operations in bus terminal bathrooms.

#discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #port-authority-bus-terminal-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Why Hundreds of New York City Prosecutors Are Leaving Their Jobs

New burdens, low pay and pandemic malaise prompted the resignations of a fifth of the legal work force in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

#bragg-alvin, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #clark-darcel-d, #crime-and-criminals, #district-attorneys, #hochul-kathleen-c, #legal-aid-society, #legal-profession, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #staten-island-nyc, #work-life-balance

This Database Stores the DNA of 31,000 New Yorkers. Is It Illegal?

The database used by the New York Police Department violates state law and the Constitution, the Legal Aid Society contends in a lawsuit.

#city-council-nyc, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-of-the-city-of-new-york, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Man Hit Woman in the Head 125 Times Because She Was Asian, Officials Say

A man has been charged with attempted murder as a hate crime after a vicious assault in Yonkers, N.Y., that was captured by a security camera.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #legal-aid-society, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stop-aapi-hate

New Law Overhauling N.Y.’s Parole System Is Being Ignored, Lawyers Say

The so-called “Less Is More Act” took effect this week, but lawyers for dozens being detained for parole violations said in a court filing that the state corrections department was disregarding parts of it.

#hochul-kathleen-c, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Bad Credit? No Savings? Unconventional (Maybe Risky) Ways to Buy a Home

Some consumer groups worry that buyers may not fully grasp what they’re giving up in these agreements.

#consumer-protection, #credit-and-debt, #equity-contracts, #home-equity-loans, #legal-aid-society, #mortgages, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-to-own, #shared-equity, #unison-home-ownership-investments

‘I’m Scared’: Thousands in New York Public Housing Are Behind on Rent

NYCHA is pledging to avoid evictions. But many tenants in arrears are anxious.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #housing-authority-nyc, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing

Medical Care at Rikers Is Delayed for Thousands, Records Show

A court filing on Tuesday shed new light on the effect of the city jail system’s staffing crisis on health care, with missed appointments leading to severe health consequences.

#brooklyn-defender-services, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #correctional-health-services, #deaths-fatalities, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Jail Unions Gain a Powerful Supporter: Mayor Eric Adams

Eric Adams has reversed some measures enacted to regain control over the crisis at Rikers Island, in an early victory for the correction officers’ unions. —

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Steven Banks, Who Struggled to Curb Homelessness, to Resign

Steven Banks will leave at the end of the year to practice public interest law at Paul, Weiss, one of the city’s most prestigious firms.

#banks-steven, #homeless-persons, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #paul-weiss-rifkind-whartongarrison

They Wanted to Foster Their Great-Grandson. Why Did New York Say No?

A lawsuit challenges New York’s system of disqualifying potential foster parents because of their criminal records.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #adoptions, #foster-care, #legal-aid-society

60 Cases Are Thrown Out in Queens After Misconduct by 3 NYPD Detectives

The testimony of three New York Police Department detectives in dozens of cases in Queens was called into question after they were convicted of crimes or misconduct.

#aloise-michael-b, #cordoba-sasha, #desormeau-kevin, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #franco-joseph-e, #katz-melinda-r, #legal-aid-society, #perjury, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc

Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control

With a staffing emergency disrupting the basic functions of the jail system, detainees have had free rein inside.

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Latest Death at Rikers: Isaabdul Karim, Who Almost Qualified for Release

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jacobi-medical-center, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

He Nearly Qualified for Release From Rikers. Instead, He Died There.

Isaabdul Karim was being held on a parole violation when he died on Sunday, becoming the 11th person incarcerated at the jail to die this year.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jacobi-medical-center, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

A Judge’s Order Left Her Homeless. A New Ruling Will Help Others Like Her.

Pretrial stay-away orders meant to shield people from abusive partners have long been misused. Thursday’s ruling is already helping people return home.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #domestic-violence, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city

How the 3 Diallo Sisters Were Finally Able to Connect to Their Classes

The city said it would be “impossible” to quickly install Wi-Fi in shelters for remote learning. Some shelter operators have proven them wrong.

#department-of-social-services, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #homeless-persons, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #remote-learning

New York Halted Evictions. But What Happens When the Ban Ends?

A crisis looms in the pandemic’s wake: Evictions that threaten to overwhelm schools, homeless shelters and food pantries.

#banks-steven, #evictions, #goldiner-judith, #homeless-persons, #landlords, #legal-aid-society, #national-low-income-housing-coalition, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #unemployment, #university-of-arizona

Should N.Y. Be Jailing Parolees for Minor Lapses During a Pandemic?

On probation since 2018, Earl Russell was sent to Rikers for sleeping in his own bed instead of in the shelter where he was mandated to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #vera-institute-of-justice

10 Steps to Take to Try to Prevent Your Own Eviction

Some federal relief is about to expire. Local assistance is spotty. Congress may not act quickly. Here’s how to get help, or help yourself.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #internal-essential, #landlords, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #legal-aid-society, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

N.Y.’s Legal Limbo: Pandemic Creates Backlog of 39,200 Criminal Cases

A justice system based on face-to-face meetings has been limping along with virtual hearings, but officials are struggling with how to restart trials and grand jury proceedings.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-defender-services, #chemung-county-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #criminal-justice, #cuomo-andrew-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jury-system, #katz-melinda-r, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #saipov-sayfullo

Police Misconduct Records Are Secret. Protests May Finally Change That.

An obscure New York State law that has kept police behavior from public scrutiny for decades may finally be overturned.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #communities-united-for-police-reform, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #pantaleo-daniel, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Despite Virus, Hundreds Arrested in Unrest Are Held in Cramped Jails

A flood of arrests during looting and clashes with police have caused a backlog in New York City’s courts, forcing many to wait for more than 24 hours before seeing a judge.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gonzalez-eric-1969, #legal-aid-society, #looting-crime, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal

Fears of Coronavirus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail

Already, 167 inmates and 137 staff members have tested positive at New York City’s jails, including the Rikers complex, which is described as crowded and unsanitary.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #shea-dermot-f-1969