Criminal justice

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.


Should cops have to live in NYC?

It could improve community relations, but unions object and even some reform advocates are unenthused.

New York State

How virtual court could be harming defendants

An essential human element of the justice system may be lost when proceedings happen remotely.

New York State

State Legislature moves to restore voting rights to parolees

The state Senate has passed the decade-old bill for the first time since its introduction

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Can legalizing pot help communities heal?

Lawmakers and advocates fear that Cuomo’s proposal won’t.

Criminal justice

Rochester’s new Person in Crisis team might have prevented 9-year-old’s pepper spraying

Even though the city created a non-police unit to deal with individuals in emotional distress, they weren’t on the scene.

Criminal justice

Why aren’t state prisoners being vaccinated yet?

New York goes against CDC recommendations by not vaccinating corrections officers and inmates at the same time.

Criminal justice

State Legislature may restore voting rights to parolees

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done it through executive order, but this would make the change permanent.

Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver’s many prison sentences

The former Assembly speaker is finally serving time – and he’s staying in prison.