Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.”

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Politics

A timeline on the closure of Rikers Island

Construction on external work began this week on the Tombs in Chinatown, one of the proposed locations for borough-based jails that would replace Rikers.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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

Opinion

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

Policy

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

Opinion

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

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.

Criminal justice

Policy

Recent shootings test Kathy Hochul’s cooperative approach to governing

The governor is leaning on a new task force on out-of-state guns to reduce crime and avoid conflict with fellow Democrats.

Criminal justice

Policy

Eric Adams to launch “modified” version of NYPD plainclothes unit

Fulfilling a campaign promise, the New York City mayor laid out plans for the latest iteration of the “anti-crime unit” that was formed in the 1970s.

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