Heard Around Town
Top Black electeds met to talk about crime, but they don’t have much to say yet
Rev. Al Sharpton brought some of New York’s leaders together for a closed door discussion.
Advocates and electeds call for an end to solitary confinement as City Council discusses a bill to curtail the controversial practice
So far, no policy decisions have made progress in stopping jail officials from isolating incarcerated people.
Elijah Muhammad was kept in isolated unit on Rikers for over 30 hours days before his death, board member says
The 10th person to die in the custody of New York City jails this year was found dead of a suspected drug overdose on Sunday
Nearly 70% of detainees at Rikers women’s jail can be safely released: advocates
Criminal justice advocates and experts called on the city to study how it can free women and gender-expansive people housed at the Rose M. Singer Center following the death of inmate Mary Yehudah in May.
Eric Adams claims progress at Rikers despite several recent detainee deaths
Attorneys for one of the men who died called the mayor’s announcement “irresponsible and callous.”
Debating the impacts of bail reform
State Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Latrice Walker and former Queens prosecutor James Quinn discussed law changes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Friday.
Death of Rikers inmate comes as Adams faces growing concern over jail plan
The New York City mayor was criticized on Friday for visiting the jail without meeting inmates. A day later, one died.
Why corporate America is betting on getting Clean Slate into the state budget
Progressive activists and business leaders say the economy would benefit from making it easier to seal criminal records for formerly incarcerated people.
Progressives remain steadfast though voters are wary of bail reform
The political left is facing a messaging battle as it attempts to block changes in the New York state budget due April 1.
Opinion: Why bail reform is worth defending from politicization
Unfounded rhetoric fuels the argument for rollbacks and overlooks the facts.
Lawmakers bristle at leak of Hochul’s bail policy
The governor’s leaked public safety plan undermines her claims that she doesn’t negotiate policy through the media.
Advocates blast Eric Adams for using teen suspect’s botched case in bail push
A judge found the NYPD illegally stopped and frisked the teen, causing his gun to go off.
Undaunted by bail backlash, progressives push for Clean Slate bill in Albany
Democrats have to decide between dueling versions of the legislation as the April 1 state budget deadline approaches.
Opinion: Don’t give people returning from prison a “second chance”
Using this kind of language reinforces perceptions and prejudice that drive mass incarceration.
Criminal justice journal launches to focus on public safety strategies
“Vital City” debuted with insights and recommendations on gun violence reduction from several experts on the topic.
Opinion: Here’s what’s really holding back criminal justice reform
The absence of a clear mission over the past half-century has led to different plans, tensions and a lack of progress.
Port Authority police will search passengers’ luggage in gun crackdown
Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly called for gun “spot checks” at entry points into the city – but experts question whether they’re an efficient use of police resources.
Will Biden finally intervene in the Rikers crisis?
Calls for the president to visit the jail complex underscore criticism that New York has allowed conditions there to deteriorate.
Is more surveillance tech coming for the NYPD?
Mayor Eric Adams’ mentions of facial recognition and gun detection technology drew swift pushback from civil liberties advocates.