Criminal Justice

State Senator Zellnor Myrie was pepper-sprayed in Brooklyn last Friday by the NYPD. Myrie introduced legislation earlier this year to change the NYPD disciplinary process.
Legislative lessons learned during the pandemic are now helping state lawmakers pass police reform.
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NYPD officers tackling a protestor on May 30th.
Covered badge numbers, body cameras turned off and a state law impede transparency.
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As protests over the murder of George Floyd rage on, the NYPD are increasing the risk  for both protestors and themselves but not wearing masks.
The large gatherings of cops and protesters could exacerbate the coronavirus threat.
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New York State Police Troopers
It wasn’t only because people are staying at home.
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Lawmakers avoided major changes to the 2019 legislation, but added more bail-eligible offenses.
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dermot shea bill de blasio
The measure, which would let judges assess dangerousness, faces opposition in the Assembly.
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Following increasing coronavirus cases at Rikers Island there is a call for the temporary release of prisoners to help curb the outbreak.
A limited release of Rikers Island inmates may not halt a coronavirus outbreak.
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How should police and prisons work to contain the COVID-19 outbreak?
The conversation around criminal justice has shifted dramatically.
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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz
Queens DA also continues asking for bail in other cases, despite campaign pledge.
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The outside of a prison.
Criminal justice activists are mounting a counter-attack in Albany.
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