Criminal Justice


Opinion: Sexual assault survivors in NY, your DNA can be used against you

A new bill would stop the police from using sexual assault survivors’ DNA to implicate them in unrelated crimes.

Criminal Justice

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams’ most significant cases

The federal prosecutor has toppled a lieutenant governor, taken on a New Jersey senator and felled a crypto wunderkind.

Criminal Justice

Hochul declines to criticize Alvin Bragg after release of migrants accused of police assault

The governor has said the migrants who allegedly attacked officers should be deported.

Albany Agenda

Hochul’s proposal to close 5 more NY prisons rankles state GOP

The prison population has halved since 1999, and staffing is in freefall. But Republicans say the prisons should get more resources, not less.

Criminal Justice

City Council overrides mayor’s vetoes on two law enforcement bills

Projecting a united front, the council defied a public relations campaign by the mayor to cast both bills as endangering public safety.

Criminal Justice

Lawmakers debate bail reform and gun violence at public safety hearing

State legislators asked state law enforcement leaders about the impact of bail reform and how to keep guns out of children’s hands.

New York City Council

Adrienne Adams, faith leaders rally for How Many Stops Act

Speaker Adrienne Adams said she has no doubt that the council has the votes to override the mayor’s veto of the legislation.


Adams’ vetoes set up council fights over public safety and solitary confinement bills

The City Council has vowed to override the vetoes of the How Many Stops Act and the solitary confinement ban.


De Blasio-era police reforms suffer under Adams

With recent cuts to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, Adams has set his sights on one of the last untouched police reforms of his predecessor.

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News & Politics

Ahead of Christmas, Hochul grants pardons and commutations to 16 people

Advocates celebrated the clemencies but criticized a system that treats pardons and commutations as rare gifts bestowed upon extraordinary individuals instead of tools for systematic justice.


Council bills could set up Eric Adams’ next veto fights

The council passed a bill banning solitary confinement in city jails and legislation requiring police officers to report information about lower-level investigative encounters with civilians.

Rikers Island

Exclusive: New Rikers commission unveils list of members

The former New York City probation commissioner and a former deputy mayor will join many original members to get the closure plan back on track.

News & Politics

4 things to know about new DOC Commissioner Lynelle Maginley-Liddie

Maginley-Liddie will take over for outgoing Department of Correction Commissioner Louis Molina at a time of crisis for the city’s jails.


Opinion: The feds must take control of Rikers and then close it

Should the city jails be put into receivership or should Rikers be closed? The only correct answer is both.

News & Politics

Which city leaders are calling for a federal takeover of Rikers Island?

The city comptroller, public advocate, state attorney general, federal prosecutors and even former DOC commissioners all support federal receivership for the city’s jails.

News & Politics

As federal takeover of Rikers Island looms, Mayor Eric Adams insists jails conditions are improving

The mayor credited outgoing DOC commissioner Louis Molina with moving things in “the right direction.”