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Advocates of assisted outpatient treatment say it could reduce homelessness and mass shootings. Critics call it incarceration by another name.
Aug 04, 2022
Personal narratives can help the public understand the benefits of bail reform, but telling these success stories presents its own share of challenges.
Jul 19, 2022
I wanted to have a better diet in prison. But when you’ve been stripped of your freedom, it can be impossible to make the “right” decisions.
Jul 05, 2022
The probe will assess whether the SVD engages in a “pattern or practice of gender-biased policing," according to the DOJ.
Jun 30, 2022
More than two years into the pandemic, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office is still prohibiting all jail visits. The policy helped them take in more than a half-million dollars in 2021.
Jun 14, 2022
Advocates say the policy, aimed at eliminating contraband, will harm prisoners and their loved ones by making it much harder to send fresh food and other essentials into prisons.
Jun 02, 2022
As politicians look to build public support for homeless encampment sweeps, they’re using tactics popularized in LA—the site of one of the nation’s most intense battles over the unhoused.
May 26, 2022
In the raucous debate over bail reform, simple facts have fallen out of sight.
May 09, 2022
One incarcerated author used skills from an HIV/AIDS group to push imprisoned people and prison guards to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Apr 26, 2022
But if he loses his appeal and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declines to grant him clemency, he will likely be sent back to prison.
Jan 25, 2022
After the state rolled back a progressive bail law, data from the Vera Institute of Justice suggests judges are ordering more people be held in jails, amid continued worry over COVID-19.
Jan 20, 2022
Reginald Randolph is currently serving a two to four year sentence in state prison for stealing cold medicine
Dec 04, 2021
Citing years of police brutality and racial disparities in arrests, activists are pushing candidates to embrace reforms ahead of next week’s Democratic primaries.
Jun 15, 2021
Several states, including Maryland, are considering bills to protect minors from abusive police interrogations.
Mar 25, 2021
Survivors’ needs and opinions vary—and many have not found justice when they turn to the criminal legal system.
Mar 22, 2021
Getting convicted of a “minor offense” inflicts serious, long-term harm. The state can and must divert more people to counseling, group meetings, or other interventions.
Jackie Fielding, Chloe Sarnoff
Mar 12, 2021
After organizing to repeal the “walking while trans” ban, advocates in the state—and around the country—are looking ahead to the next fight.
Feb 09, 2021
In a forum with people experiencing homelessness, Democratic candidates criticized the mayor’s affordable housing plans, embraced a ‘right to housing,’ and rejected police intervention on homelessness calls.
Feb 05, 2021
The New York governor has released a plan to legalize marijuana, months after voters in the Garden State approved legalization in November. Advocates say the pressure could have ripple effects regionally.
Jan 26, 2021
On his first day in office, George Gascón said prosecutors will not seek bail starting Jan. 1, a win for criminal justice reformers.
Dec 07, 2020
In addition to the releases he has already ordered, the New York governor can grant commutations to free more incarcerated people to protect them from the disease. He has issued only three since the pandemic began.
Alana Sivin, Joshua Vaughn
Nov 25, 2020
The governor has rolled back bail reform, not released enough prisoners during the pandemic, and failed to rein in police abuses, advocates and prisoners say.
Nov 24, 2020
Progressive lawmakers and activists say Cuomo has failed to adequately protect those who are out of work, at risk of losing their homes, or living behind bars, where the virus has spread rapidly.
Tara Francis Chan, Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
Nov 19, 2020
Jones has vowed to support expansion of the Supreme Court, back the Green New Deal, and push for criminal justice reform.
Nov 04, 2020
Bowman has also advocated for an eviction moratorium and for rental payments to be cancelled for the duration of the pandemic.
Nov 03, 2020
The party's national director tells The Appeal about candidates in New York, Washington, D.C., and New Mexico that the WFP would like to see oust the establishment.
Oct 28, 2020
After defeating long-time incumbents in Democratic primaries, progressive candidates are championing cancelling rent and banning evictions.
Oct 15, 2020
Jones, who is running in New York’s 17th District, says fighting systemic racism and hyperpartisanship are top priorities.
Oct 14, 2020
States like California, New York, and Arizona have relied on prisoners to continue working, with little pay and in precarious conditions, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Oct 05, 2020
Although the new law took effect in January, state data showing how courts are applying it won’t be available until July 2021. And without funding, courts in small towns and villages may never collect the data.
Sep 09, 2020
Nikki Addimando, convicted of second-degree murder for the death of her boyfriend, whom she said abused her, petitioned to have her sentence reduced under the 2019 law. But a judge ruled against her. If that ruling is affirmed, state legislators say, it will be ‘insurmountably difficult’ for survivors to ever benefit from the law.
Sep 03, 2020
Body camera video shows that Daniel Prude was complying with police when they knelt on his back and pushed his face to the ground for so long that he stopped breathing.
Sep 02, 2020
Administrative subpoenas—which do not require a judge’s approval—are typically used for the department’s internal investigations, but The Appeal has learned that they are being used in criminal cases.
Aug 25, 2020
Although there’s a diversity of views about law enforcement in Brownsville, Brooklyn, there’s widespread agreement that the community is still fighting to obtain all the resources it needs to thrive and police itself.
Aug 19, 2020
The advocates describe the reopening as unsafe and unnecessary amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 23, 2020
New data obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request paint a dire picture of New York City COVID-19 testing in its jails.
Brad Maurer, Seth J. Prins and Sandhya Kajeepeta
Jul 09, 2020
Memos obtained by The Appeal and anecdotes from public defenders reveal how, for a week during protests over police brutality, the NYPD stalled cases by directing officers not to testify in court.
Jun 12, 2020
Lawmakers are targeting a statute that has been used as a cudgel to bat away almost any inquiries into police misconduct.
Jun 04, 2020
State Assembly members, senators, and city council members have said they will decline and donate funds from police and corrections officers as New Yorkers fill the streets to protest recent violence by law enforcement.
Jun 02, 2020
Coronavirus infections climb at the state’s only maximum-security facility for women, and those held there fear for their safety.
Lyra Walsh Fuchs
May 18, 2020
The governor’s requirements for release are too narrow in light of the threat from COVID-19, they say.
May 13, 2020
‘I would go to the hospital very often and they wouldn’t do anything for me.’
Apr 23, 2020
Their proposals move beyond Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 90-day eviction moratorium and call for suspending or forgiving rent payments longer term.
Apr 21, 2020
Local budget cuts enacted a decade ago left states and cities dangerously unprepared for COVID-19. We shouldn’t make those same mistakes again.
Apr 17, 2020
FCI Ray Brook was slow to respond to the spread of coronavirus among correctional officers. Now the outbreak has reached prisoners.
Harry August, Alex Garnick
Apr 16, 2020
Powerful interests exploited Katrina to enrich themselves and transform the city. As a reporter who covered the fallout explains, our government’s lax oversight means the same could happen now, leaving those who most need help behind.
Apr 07, 2020
Men in Unit B-2 at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility say staff members have harassed and abused them since they possibly came into contact with an infected officer.
Apr 03, 2020
Sheriffs wield enormous power, and they can direct it in ways that will help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect incarcerated people.
Mar 18, 2020
Experts say evictions cause a ‘downward spiral’ of health problems for renters, and that housing security is necessary to slow the spread of the pandemic.
Mar 13, 2020
Andrew Cuomo, who recently announced the state would employ prisoners to make hand sanitizer, must prepare for the particular vulnerabilities of the state’s prison population to COVID-19, advocates say.
Mar 11, 2020
Dennis Sica struggled with substance use disorder and sold small amounts of heroin that prosecutors connected to overdose deaths. Because of an 1980s-era federal law, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Mar 05, 2020
Advocates, formerly incarcerated people, and lawmakers warned against overhauling the New York law before it has a chance to prove itself.
Feb 26, 2020
The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act allows judges to consider shorter sentences, as well as non-prison sentences, if abuse factored significantly in the crime.
Feb 24, 2020
Feb 14, 2020
Feb 11, 2020
A civil suit claims that an officer who shot a 46-year-old stagehand in Midtown Manhattan should have de-escalated the encounter.
Feb 07, 2020
A year after Alfonzo Riley returned from prison, he’s helping to vet innocence claims.
Feb 06, 2020
The debate around bail reform focused predominantly on New York City's Rikers Island, but the bigger impact may be upstate, where almost two-thirds of the state’s jail capacity is located.
Feb 04, 2020
Despite dire-sounding headlines, the state’s cash bail reforms are having a positive impact on the people they are meant to help.
Feb 03, 2020
The death of 27-year-old India Cummings in 2016 garnered national media attention and a renewed push by local activists over conditions of confinement in the New York county’s jails. But the deaths haven’t stopped.
Jan 16, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal purports to take sexual violence seriously, but it aggressively ignores reality in favor of lazy solutions.
Jan 13, 2020
Jan 09, 2020
Melinda Katz, who was inaugurated Monday, is facing criticism over what some say is a broken campaign promise.
Jan 07, 2020
Misconduct complaints against officers in the NYPD’s 34th Precinct have risen for three years straight. In 2018, 15 officers had complaints against them substantiated, the most of any precinct in New York City.
Dec 19, 2019
A City Council Committee considers a bill on NYPD surveillance today.
Dec 18, 2019
Two bills, awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature, would help reduce the punitive impact of the child welfare system on kids and their families, including formerly incarcerated parents.
Nov 13, 2019
Oct 31, 2019
State law must change to stop judges from using jail time to force the poor into paying penalties they can’t afford, says one advocacy group.
Oct 28, 2019
The results of record-sealing legislation enacted in 2017 shows the need for automatic expungement, advocates say.
Oct 08, 2019
The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund said it doesn’t want to ‘prop up an unjust system.’
Sep 30, 2019
With Miriam Mack and Elizabeth Tuttle Newman of The Bronx Defenders
Adam H. Johnson
Sep 26, 2019
Richard Rivera served more than 38 years in prison after killing an off-duty NYPD officer during a botched armed robbery. He was released in July after being denied parole five times.
Sep 16, 2019
With Appeal contributor Guy Hamilton-Smith and Elizabeth Letourneau of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Adam H. Johnson
Sep 12, 2019
Even in states where use is decriminalized, child welfare systems continue to treat it as a sign of neglectful parenting, particularly among families of color.
Miriam Mack, Elizabeth Tuttle Newman
Sep 09, 2019
16-year-olds won’t have to reappear in adult criminal court if they’re arrested when youth court isn’t in session.
Sep 03, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Police and prosecutors claimed facial recognition technology wasn’t at the center of a shoplifting case, but defense attorneys say it was the sole basis for probable cause to arrest.
Current and former mayors were questioned about how they managed their police departments.
Aug 01, 2019
Recent legal victories have spurred counties and states to provide medication-assisted treatment to prisoners struggling with substance use.
Jul 31, 2019
Establishment candidate Melinda Katz declared a narrow victory in the New York City borough’s district attorney primary, but progressive Tiffany Cabán pushed the race to the left on issues like marijuana and sex work.
Jul 30, 2019
Three Bronx friends recount their 2012 arrests in the NYPD’s ‘Operation Crew Cut,’ along with their experiences with the court system and incarceration, and reflect on their lives seven years later.
For far too long, the press has leaned on wrong-headed tough-on-crime officials like the former NYPD commissioner when reporting on the criminal legal system.
Jul 22, 2019
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 03, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 06, 2019
Jun 05, 2019
Court challenges and a sweeping reform bill are offering hope to men trapped in isolation for decades.
Jun 03, 2019
Prisoners can shave time off their sentences by participating in shock incarceration programs. More than a dozen former shock prisoners say that comes at a steep cost.
May 21, 2019
Instead of building ‘humane jails’ to replace Rikers Island, let’s push the NYPD to cut down on arrests.
May 15, 2019
New York City just paid Jose LaSalle of the Copwatch Patrol Unit nearly $900,000 over claims of false arrest related to the 2016 incident, but his fight for justice is far from over.
May 09, 2019
Rashad McNulty entered a guilty plea in a series of federal gang indictments in New York that have been criticized as racist and overly punitive. But before McNulty was even sentenced, he died in jail. Now, his family is seeking justice.
May 01, 2019
New NYPD data show that in 2018 the department closed nearly 500 rape cases due to an alleged lack of participation from victims and had a declining clearance rate for rape, raising questions over its handling of sexual assault.
Apr 23, 2019
Banishing people from the subway will only marginalize them without addressing the problem.
Apr 01, 2019
Activists suspect the investigation was tainted by the close relationship between the police and prosecutors.
Mar 22, 2019
Federal defenders say the shutdown is hurting poor people stuck in jail.
Jan 24, 2019
She is suing the Division of Human Rights for saying it’s not authorized to investigate her complaint.
Jan 22, 2019
The miniseries depicting a New York prison escape fails to show what happened to the men left behind.
Katie Rose Quandt
Jan 10, 2019
Prosecutors denounce bail reform efforts when people miss court dates, but ‘failure to appear’ rates obscure the fact that many who miss court aren’t on the run.
Puck Lo, Ethan Corey
Jan 09, 2019
Prisoners in the state’s Regional Medical Units allege that they are being denied access to essential programs and services like law libraries.
Jan 08, 2019
Reports detail suicides and care for one woman that was ‘so grossly incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience.’
Jan 07, 2019
Advocates say victims are being pressured to sign ‘withdrawal’ forms to quickly close investigations and protect the department from legal liability.
Dec 17, 2018
Under Raise the Age, ‘there are kids similarly situated who are being treated totally differently.’
Dec 04, 2018
Decision-making by prosecutors in such cases, says one attorney, ‘compounds, entrenches, and ultimately authorizes the initial act of violence by prosecuting the victim.’
Oct 24, 2018
As Thursday's election approaches, confusion reigns.
Sep 12, 2018
State Senate candidate Julia Salazar explains how sex workers’ rights is a key part of reforming criminal justice in New York.
Melissa Gira Grant
Sep 07, 2018
Jacqueline Smalls was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a boyfriend whose ‘hands were his weapons.’ She now joins the ranks of criminalized survivors seeking clemency from Governor Cuomo.
Sep 05, 2018
From policing to parole, this election could be pivotal for reform.
Aug 28, 2018
Grassroots group VOCAL-NY is teaching people with substance use disorder how to avoid getting ensnared in the criminal justice system.
Aug 09, 2018
With journalist Bryce Covert.
Adam H. Johnson
Jul 26, 2018
A teenage girl spent weeks in jail, and her mother is still locked up on a $150,000 bond.
Jul 13, 2018
New York's Democratic governor has granted only a trickle of commutations, fewer than many of his Democratic and Republican predecessors.
Jun 20, 2018
Walliris Velez thought the worst was behind her after she was slashed in a subway car, but then came an arrest and an attempted murder charge by the Bronx DA.
George Joseph, Simon Davis-Cohen
Jun 07, 2018
Apr 06, 2018
Brian Solano spent over two years on Rikers Island before a potentially exonerating NYPD video interview was disclosed to his defense attorney. But that video is now being excluded from his June trial.
Simon Davis-Cohen, George Joseph
Apr 04, 2018
Mar 27, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 06, 2018
Feb 27, 2018
Zachary A. Siegel
Her former partner assaulted her in her home. When the police arrived, she was arrested and he walked free.
Feb 26, 2018
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Feb 16, 2018
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Feb 12, 2018
Max Rivlin-Nadler, Ashoka Jegroo
Feb 06, 2018
Feb 01, 2018
Jan 31, 2018
Zachary A. Siegel
Jan 29, 2018
Jan 23, 2018
Melissa Gira Grant, Emma Whitford
Dec 15, 2017
Emma Whitford, Melissa Gira Grant
Nov 30, 2017
A new app seeks to liberate people from more than “liberal malaise.”
Nov 15, 2017
Josie Duffy Rice
Nov 14, 2017
Dispatches is our series from organizers, attorneys, officials, and others working at the frontlines of local criminal justice reform.
Nov 08, 2017
A law that results in disproportionate arrests and prosecutions of black and Latino New Yorkers will stand.
Oct 26, 2017
U.S. Attorney says the evidence against him is “overwhelming”
A movement to oust Cyrus Vance gains steam.
Oct 19, 2017
Oct 17, 2017
Oct 13, 2017
Melissa Gira Grant
Oct 12, 2017
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson
Oct 10, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
Vote in a Brooklyn District Attorney that Represents Your Values for the Future of Criminal Justice.
Sep 07, 2017
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Jul 24, 2017
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