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  1. second chances

    New Jersey No-Bail System Eyed by New York Leaders Reckons With Bias Risk

    By some measures, the Jersey approach is a success. But critics warn public safety reviews by judges can hold past injustices against defendants.

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  2. justice

    Bail Reform Rollback Battle Rips Rift in Albany

    Senate rethink of mandatory pretrial release for criminal defendants opens divide among Democrats as Assembly activists slam “Jim Crow-style” flip.

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  3. ccrb

    Cops in NYPD Trial Accused of Harassing Bronx Kids Over ‘Frozen’ Bookbag

    Two NYPD officers with a history of complaints were among officers who allegedly stopped and manhandled teens brothers over a Disney-themed backpack.

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  4. ankle support

    City Scrambling to Get Electronic Monitors for New Bail Rules

    Even with new rules in effect, the city is looking at ankle bracelets and apps. Meanwhile, some defendants are being set free, sans monitoring.

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  5. bill's bills

    Mayor’s $95.3 Billion Proposed Budget Adds Costs, Not Programs

    Despite no new big-ticket items, Bill de Blasio’s no-frills fiscal plan piles on $3.1 billion personnel and other costs as state money woes loom.

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  6. courts

    Key Bail Reform Support Program Is Still Months Away

    “Atlas” promises services to help freed defendants avoid trouble. But with new rules already in effect, no one has been selected to run the program.

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  7. criminal justice

    Bail Reformers Worry Prosecutors Will Amp Up Charges to Jail Defendants

    On brink of Jan. 1 law that will bar pretrial incarceration for lesser crimes, advocates say they’re wary of an unintended consequence: tougher raps.

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  8. clemency

    Ailing Inmate Pins Clemency Hopes on Cuomo

    At 64, Ulysses Boyd has severe arthritis and an enlarged heart, and recently battled pneumonia. He’s not eligible for parole for another 16 years.

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  9. cash rules

    Bronx Man in Jail After Bail Bond Vanishes on Eve of Criminal Justice Reforms

    Ahead of Jan. 1, when new laws on bail take effect, public defenders report that bond companies are leaving clients empty-handed — and behind bars.

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  10. shock treatment

    CCRB Review of NYPD Taser Use Shows Discrepancies

    A review of Taser-use complaints found cops mostly deployed them on people of color and a “significant number” of people with mental health issues.

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  11. on the horizon

    Correction Officers Get Lavish Welcome at Juvenile Center They’re Due to Exit

    Records show nearly $17 million spent on facilities for guards mere months before children’s agency takes over Horizon facility in the South Bronx.

    on the horizon

  12. jails

    City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

    Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.

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  13. jails

    Jail Guards Using Violent Force More Often, Monitor Says, in ‘Toxic Environment’

    Department of Correction cited for violations of court pact to reduce head blows and other pain-inflicting acts by “hyper-confrontational” officers.

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  14. jails

    Mayor ‘Interfered’ With Jails Overseer on Solitary Confinement, Member Charges

    Dr. Robert Cohen of the Board of Correction alleges delay of a planned vote to limit punitive segregation is part of bid to weaken reforms.

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  15. breakdown

    Mayor’s Mental Health Crisis Response Offers Weak Dose of Care, Advocates Warn

    The father of cop shooting victim Saheed Vassell welcomed a test sending clinicians on 911 calls. Others express “shock” reforms don’t go farther.

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  16. jails

    Solitary Confinement Reform Pushed Back Again as City Hall Balks

    The Board of Correction planned to propose new limits on isolating inmates in city jails Tuesday, but will delay amid mayoral pressure, sources said.

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  17. juvenile justice

    Legal System Off to Slow Start on ‘Raise The Age’ Night-Court Fix

    An amended law intended to quickly move kids out of the adult criminal system and ease the burden of extra court dates is having growing pains.

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  18. justice

    Deadlocked Parole Panels Leave Prisoners in Limbo

    Staffing shortages of commissioners lead to split decisions on hundreds of cases for early release, forcing costly and emotionally draining do-overs.

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  19. jails

    Jailers Should Call Detainees by Name, Council Bill Demands

    Measure aims to bring reforms to the proposed post-Rikers Island borough lockups — but correction officers and some inmate advocates aren’t happy.

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  20. chilling effect

    New York Sues ICE to Stop Arrests of Immigrants at Courts

    Attorney General Letitita James and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez contend ICE scares away witnesses and makes victims reluctant to report crimes.

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  21. juvenile justice

    Big Influx of 17-Year-Olds Poses Next ‘Raise the Age’ Test

    New York’s speedy shift to stop prosecuting kids under 18 as adults faces huge challenge as more teens enter a new system that’s shown growing pains.

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  22. rikers island

    City Jails Board Slow to Act on Solitary Reform, Critics Say

    A Board of Correction hearing on Tuesday drew calls to change New York City’s policies on solitary confinement but yielded no action.

    rikers island

  23. violence behind bars

    Rikers Guards’ Bad Decisions Led to Man’s Death, Suit Alleges

    Casey Holloway was strangled by a fellow inmate who should have been placed in a more secure unit for people with severe mental illness, family says.

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  24. jails

    Layleen Polanco’s Death Inspires Bail Fund for Transgender Inmates

    The Emergency Release Fund has raised $10,000 and helped free six people so far. Polanco died in solitary on Rikers Island for want of $500 bail.

    jails

  25. queens

    After Primary That Veered Left, Dem Stalwart Katz Lands in Progressive Camp

    Melinda Katz’ plans for reforming the Queens District Attorney’s office suggest she picked up ideas from her rival, progressive upstart Tiffany Cabán.

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  26. jailhouse block

    As Planned New Jail Looms, Baxter Street Braces for Impact

    With close-Rikers plans headed to key votes, the Manhattan jail’s next-door neighbors want answers about what will happen when construction begins.

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  27. criminal justice

    Brooklyn Jail on Fast Track to Shutdown

    Detention Complex looking to clear out within months, moving male inmates into Rikers’ female wing, say union sources.

    criminal justice

  28. a sad anniversary

    Thirty Years Later, Yusuf Hawkins’ Murder Still Shocks in a Changed Brooklyn

    Bensonhurst divides among those who never heard of the Aug. 23, 1989, hate crime, those who can’t forget — and those who wish they could.

    a sad anniversary

  29. jails

    Rikers Body Scanners Feed Unrestricted Solitary Confinement

    Jailers can now hold some new arrivals in “separation status” to retrieve smuggled items — bypassing rules on who usually can be kept in isolation.

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  30. solitary options

    Reimagining New York Jails Without Solitary Confinement

    A growing chorus of critics wants to strictly limit or ban isolation in the wake of Layleen Polanco’s death. But what are the alternatives?

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  31. prisons

    Longest-Serving Woman Inmate’s Death Makes Her Case a Cause

    The death of Valerie Gaiter, who murdered an elderly Brooklyn couple in 1979, renews push to mandate parole hearings for prisoners over 55.

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  32. juvenile justice

    Some Teen Detainees Still Treated Like Adults, or Worse, Despite ‘Raise The Age’

    Despite goals of “Raise the Age” law, about two-thirds of eligible minors are first being processed nights and weekends alongside adults, data shows.

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  33. special report

    Gov. Cuomo’s Clemency Out of Grasp for Many Behind Bars

    Some 18 prisoners have walked free before becoming eligible for release, out of nearly 6,500 applications since the governor launched his mercy push.

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  34. rikers island

    Medical Condition Should Have Kept Polanco From Solitary, Experts Say

    As Elizabeth Warren and others called for reform, former jail health experts said Layleen Polanco’s seizure disorder should have been a red flag.

    rikers island

  35. layleen polanco

    Layleen Polanco Died of Epileptic Seizure in Solitary, Autopsy Reveals

    The 27-year-old was on anti-seizure medication at Rikers Island. Her family lawyer charged she died of “indifference and neglect.”

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  36. queens da race

    Katz Tops Cabán in Recount as Queens DA Fight Starts New Round

    Melinda Katz takes a 60-vote lead in Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, but insurgent Tiffany Cabán’s poised for a legal battle.

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  37. criminal justice

    Dropped Arrest Records Haunt Legions of New Yorkers

    A lawsuit alleges officers are illegally using information from arrests that have been sealed — spelling dire consequences for those with records.

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  38. making it count

    Tiffany Cabán Beats Melinda Katz in Latest Fundraising and Legal Spending

    The two Queens district attorney hopefuls, locked in a tense recount battle, are looking to high-priced lawyers as they vie to generate donations.

    making it count

  39. reform deferred

    Jails Board Promises Solitary Confinement Reform — But Delays Action

    Oversight body hears emotional testimony following the death of Layleen Polanco, whose Rikers Island demise sparked movement to overhaul city jails.

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  40. department of correction

    Borough Presidents Demand Do-Over on Mayor’s Planned Jail Towers

    City Planning Commission will consider mayor’s case for Rikers Island replacements — amid objections from borough presidents and community boards.

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  41. a new record

    More Than 200,000 Pot Convictions Poised for Clearing

    Decriminalization measure will wipe away low-level marijuana cases — but will still leave many with criminal records stemming from other offenses.

    a new record

  42. queens da race

    How Tiffany Cabán Went From Nowhere to the Verge of Victory

    The insurgent Queens DA candidate rode the progressive wave unleashed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to buffet the borough’s battered Democratic machine.

    queens da race

  43. queens da race

    Tiffany Cabán Edging Melinda Katz in Close Queens DA Primary

    Insurgent progressive emerges to threaten upset against borough Democratic Party favorite. But 3,000 absentee ballots will decide the race.

    queens da race

  44. layleen polanco

    Ten Miles From Stonewall: Polanco Death Haunts a Prideful Celebration

    Layleen Polanco, a transgender 27-year-old woman, died in a jail cell just as a month of rainbow-hued events celebrating LGBTQIA progress kicked off.

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  45. tough cases

    Two High-Profile Prosecutions Hover Over Queens DA Race

    Heightened attention to Chanel Lewis and Central Park Five trials compels candidates to step up and say how they’d ensure conviction integrity.

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  46. footing the bills

    Unfinished Business as Albany Session Clock Ticks Down

    There are six items high on the Legislature’s end-of-session to-do list. But even with control of both houses, Democrats may not get what they want.

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  47. behind bars

    Pregnant Pause: Jail Officials Seek Safe Path for Body Scanners

    Correction brass vow to protect pregnant women from body scanners after doctors raise concerns. But how will they know who’s pregnant?

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  48. key actions

    Prisoners Locked Out of State Criminal Justice Overhaul

    Bills calling for granting older inmates parole hearings and reining in solitary confinement languish late into the state Legislature’s session.

    key actions

  49. change unfolding

    Push to Repeal Gravity Knife Ban Gains Momentum

    A court ruling, city prosecutors’ shifts and a new mood in Albany bolster effort to decriminalize blades commonly sold in stores and carried for work.

    change unfolding

  50. criminal justice

    A Fine Change: Civil Penalties May Soon Be Based on Income

    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson plans to introduce a “day fines” pilot program aimed at protecting low-income offenders from financial ruin.

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