Criminal justice

Criminal justice

A budget fight over Clean Slate begins

The governor expressed support for the bill but introduced her own version with a major change.

News & Politics

NYPD Detectives’ Union joins fight against Alvin Bragg

The Manhattan district attorney is the target of ongoing attacks by criminal justice reactionaries.

Criminal justice

New council members denounce conditions at Rikers

After a visit to the deteriorating jails complex, new progressive council members decried the “dehumanization” at Rikers.

Criminal justice

New data proves bail reform both worked and failed, depending on who you ask

Supporters and opponents of bail reform in dueling press conferences point to a year worth of data released by the state to support their arguments.


Opinion: It’s time to stop throwing young people with undertreated mental health conditions issues in jail

Two mothers whose sons have been incarcerated at Rikers Island call for supporting legislation that expands eligibility for treatment, instead of locking up young people.

Criminal justice

The balancing act looming over incoming NYPD head Keechant Sewell

Sewell could have to answer to two New York City Police Department veterans: Mayor-elect Eric Adams and his rumored pick for deputy mayor of public safety, Philip Banks III.

Criminal justice

Criminal justice reformers want to go beyond bail

While Republicans ran and won on fears over crime, Democrats are set to push parole and sentencing changes next year.

Criminal justice

Questions loom about the plan to close Rikers, as new administration takes over

The City Council heard a final update from the de Blasio administration. But what do the new guys think?

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Criminal justice

A year after reforms were promised, people leaving New York jails and prisons still lack IDs

Reentering society without ID makes jobs and apartments almost impossible to get. Still, many people getting out of prison are without the essential paperwork.

Interviews & Profiles

For Assembly Member Kenny Burgos, what happens at Rikers is personal

The Bronxite represents the district that includes the jail complex and chairs the Committee on Reentry and Transitional Services.

Criminal justice

How the population at Rikers Island can be reduced now

Here are the avenues Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can immediately pursue to release more inmates, according to lawmakers and advocates.

Criminal justice

What does criminal justice reform look like to Kathy Hochul?

The governor has reservations about “defund the police” that her No. 2, Brian Benjamin, doesn’t seem to share.

Interviews & Profiles

What Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas saw at Rikers

Queens legislators are calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Kathy Hochul and prosecutors to take immediate steps to address overcrowding on Rikers Island.

Police Brutality

Chauvin guilty on all counts

New York lawmakers react after a jury convicted the former Minneapolis police officer of murdering George Floyd.