Criminal Justice

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in January of this year.
Recent protests have helped the state Legislature reassert its power against the governor.
A protestors sign at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 7, 2020.
Calls to reduce spending on police are increasingly popular, but details are still being determined.
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.
NYPD officers tackling a protestor on May 30th.
Covered badge numbers, body cameras turned off and a state law impede transparency.
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.
New York State Police Troopers
It wasn’t only because people are staying at home.
Lawmakers avoided major changes to the 2019 legislation, but added more bail-eligible offenses.
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The measure, which would let judges assess dangerousness, faces opposition in the Assembly.
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.
How should police and prisons work to contain the COVID-19 outbreak?
The conversation around criminal justice has shifted dramatically.