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  1. coronavirus

    State Prisoners Punished for Wearing Masks as City Jails OK Them

    Two people behind bars in separate upstate facilities were cited for wearing makeshift masks. Meanwhile, now everyone will get them at Rikers Island.

    coronavirus

  2. juvenile justice

    Teens Sue to Exit Detention Centers As Coronavirus Closes In

    Legal Aid demands release of juvenile delinquents in face of “risk of serious medical harm,” saying social isolation is “effectively impossible.”

    juvenile justice

  3. justice

    Defenders Plead for ‘Intimate’ Rikers Parole Hearings to Go to Video

    The parole process was chaos on Rikers Island Monday as defense attorneys refused to attend hearings they feared were ripe for spreading coronavirus.

    justice

  4. health

    Coronavirus in NYC: Resources You Need to Know

    Here’s our guide to resources for dealing with the coronavirus crisis. This page will update regularly — and your suggestions are welcome.

    health

  5. housing

    Courts Offer Chance to Delay Eviction and Other Cases Over Illness

    New Yorkers will be able to request deferments due to “flu-like symptoms” or possible coronavirus exposure starting Friday, court officials said.

    housing

  6. justice

    Evictions and Trials Halted While Courts Defend Against Coronavirus

    Meanwhile, two community courthouses are being eyed as NYPD holding centers for arrested people suspected of having the COVID-19 illness.

    justice

  7. coronavirus

    Sanitizer Squeezed From State Prison Labor Amplifies Calls to Hike Paltry Pay

    Prisoners who work for Corcraft start at just 16 cents an hour — a rate that hasn’t budged since 1992. A bill pending in Albany would boost that.

    coronavirus

  8. 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.

    second chances

  9. tale of the tape

    Embattled Prosecutor Charges She Faced ‘Bullying’ in DA Vance’s Office

    Diana Florence, accused of withholding evidence, contends in resignation letter that Manhattan prosecutor’s office was a “hostile work environment.”

    tale of the tape

  10. noncompliant

    NYPD Stalls on Sharing Property Seizure Stats Required by City Law

    Police miss a March 1 report deadline on cars and other property taken from people arrested. One man told us his story of a lost phone and car.

    noncompliant

  11. asset forfeiture

    Vance Doles Out Millions in Grants From Seized Dollars, but Some Question Role

    The Manhattan DA’s Office is sitting on a mountain of cash from big court settlements. Should that money be controlled by prosecutors or the people?

    asset forfeiture

  12. justice

    Convicted Rapist Harvey Weinstein May Avoid Time on Rikers Island

    Jail officials are considering shipping disgraced movie mogul to a lockup outside the city as he awaits sentencing, THE CITY has learned.

    justice

  13. the bloomberg way

    Mike Bloomberg’s NYC Jails Record: Drop in Inmates, Rise in Force

    The Democratic presidential hopeful vowed this week to “end the era of mass incarceration.” THE CITY examined how he handled jails as mayor.

    the bloomberg way

  14. accessibility

    In Queens Courts, Unequal Access to Justice Starts at the Stairs

    A dispute over who’s supposed to operate a mechanized lift presents a barrier at one courthouse. We found more obstacles at other legal facilities.

    accessibility

  15. tale of the tape

    Vance Prosecutor Misconduct Accusations Could Cost Millions

    Firms that agreed to pay into the Manhattan DA’s forfeiture fund to settle bribery cases may be getting money back, THE CITY has learned.

    tale of the tape

  16. 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.

    justice

  17. tale of the tape

    Case Tossed Amid ‘Staggering’ Hidden Evidence Allegations Against Vance Deputy

    More of Diana Florence’s cases are being eyed after accusations she withheld damaging information about star witness in construction bribery raps.

    tale of the tape

  18. jails

    Fines Against City Jail Inmates Add Up to Over $1 Million

    Detainees get hit with a $25 fee per altercation — often leaving family members to pay the tab, which has surpassed seven figures since 2015.

    jails

  19. homelessness

    A Long Line of Red Flags Trailed Embattled Homeless Operator

    The city filed a court complaint Wednesday against Childrens Community Services, alleging massive fraud. But warning signs emerged in 2015.

    homelessness

  20. tale of the tape

    Top Vance Prosecutor Accused of Misleading Judge Over Withheld Evidence

    Diana Florence, who quit amid allegations she sat on a tape that impugned her star witness, knew of the recording in 2016, a defense attorney charged.

    tale of the tape

  21. community

    Morningside Park Neighbors Seek ‘Honest Conversation’ After Tessa Majors Slay

    A public forum on security and community, involving residents and a host of local groups, will take place on Wednesday — and “all ideas are welcome.”

    community

  22. 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.

    ccrb

  23. tale of the tape

    A Top Prosecutor in Manhattan DA Vance’s Office Accused of Hiding Evidence

    Construction fraud-buster Diana Florence leaves post after allegations she withheld damaging recording of star witness in bribery cases.

    tale of the tape

  24. prosecution rests?

    Manhattan DA Vance Stumbles in Campaign Cash Race as He Mulls Re-Run

    Cy Vance’s opponents called for his resignation over sex crime case. He defended his office, but won’t say if he’ll seek reelection.

    prosecution rests?

  25. class action

    From Client to Staff, Queens Teen Pivots From Prison Path

    There was a time when young Fatu Kamara desperately needed the Queens Defenders help. Now she helps them help others.

    class action

  26. justice

    Report Calls on New NYPD Top Cop Dermot Shea to Abolish Gang Database

    The “Erase the Database” campaign, to be launched Thursday, marks the latest in a yearslong effort to end the monitoring up to 42,000 New Yorkers.

    justice

  27. out of line

    Mob Looted Tax-Break Towers Rising Along The High Line: Feds

    The Gambino crime family inflated bills for work on a Chelsea condo complex with a $25m penthouse — and a $1.5m tax credit, prosecutors allege.

    out of line

  28. 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.

    shock treatment

  29. nypd

    Louima Cop Back on Public Payroll as a NYCHA Carpenter

    Charles Schwarz, convicted of perjury in the 1997 NYPD brutality case, works for the NYC Public Housing Authority, records show.

    nypd

  30. justice

    Children’s Aid Society Ignored Girl’s Sexual Abuse for Years: Lawsuit

    The Bronx Supreme Court suit is among the latest of a growing number filed in New York following the passage of the state’s Child Victims Act.

    justice

  31. policing

    CCRB Probes Cops’ Detention of Brooklyn Kids on Halloween

    The Civilian Complaint Review Board is investigating incident in which three boys were grilled — allegedly without being allowed to see their parents.

    policing

  32. justice

    Judge Upholds Right to Anonymity for Child Victims Act Accusers

    Jesuits lose court battle to reveal identities of people who’ve filed sexual abuse lawsuits against them in wake of new state law.

    justice

  33. behind bars

    Prison Payout Little Solace After 22 Months in Solitary Confinement

    Bronx man receives $200,000 settlement, years later. But it won’t end the “permanent headache” he says he got during a fracas with guards.

    behind bars

  34. 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.

    breakdown

  35. 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.

    jails

  36. breakdown

    No More EDPs: NYPD’s Emergency Plan to Deal with Mentally Ill New Yorkers

    Cops will start teaming with mental health workers on 911 calls and will no longer refer to “EDPs” under reforms aimed at stemming bloodshed.

    breakdown

  37. justice

    New York’s Most Desperate Caught Up in ‘Crimes of Poverty’

    Thousands of people are arrested on petit larceny charges every year in New York City. Their fates can depend on who’s doing the prosecuting.

    justice

  38. burning questions

    Film Probes Causes, Legacy of South Bronx Fires

    While The Bronx is no longer burning, it’s simmering with political activity. A new documentary looks at the ongoing impact of the 1970s blazes.

    burning questions

  39. 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.

    juvenile justice

  40. 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.

    justice

  41. 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.

    juvenile justice

  42. welcome back bill!

    Mayor de Blasio’s Post-Presidential Campaign To-Do List

    From fixing the public housing mess to diversifying schools to property tax reform, the mayor is returning to a pile of pressing business.

    welcome back bill!

  43. justice

    Sexual Abuse Plaintiffs Fight Jesuit Efforts to Reveal Their Identities

    Catholic order’s lawyers demand to make accusers’ names public in Child Victims Act lawsuits, in what advocates call a ploy to discourage claims.

    justice

  44. 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

  45. 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.

    violence behind bars

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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.

    jails

  49. 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.

    juvenile justice

  50. 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.”

    layleen polanco

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