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LAS in the News 12.02.22

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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LAS Decries Mayor’s Plan to Involuntarily Hospitalize Homeless New Yorkers

The Legal Aid Society is calling on the Mayor to rescind his plan and focus on common sense, forward-thinking measures to address the City's mental health crisis.
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LAS Calls on Queens District Attorney to Improve Evidence Sharing

Melinda Katz’s prosecutors do not organize discovery documents in any logical way, requiring defense attorneys to comb through hundreds of documents to discern exactly what they are.
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LAS in the News 11.18.22

We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week.
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Manhattan DA Vacates 188 Convictions Involving Corrupt NYPD Officers

The Legal Aid Society is calling on district attorneys in all boroughs to regularly and transparently evaluate criminal conduct by law enforcement.
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LAS: Proposed Regulations Will Protect Rent-Stabilized Tenants

A new package of statewide reforms would close loopholes that have encouraged landlord fraud and misconduct. 
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Advocates Demand End to NYPD’s Discriminatory Gang Database

The controversial database is over-inclusive and full of erroneous data that results in surveillance and the questionable prosecution of Black and Latinx people.
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LAS Asks Judge to Place City Jails Under Receivership

In papers filed today, Legal Aid announced it will seek receivership of the Department of Correction, the only way to end the widespread suffering of thousands of incarcerated New Yorkers.
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LAS: NYPD Has Spent $3 Billion in Secret Surveillance Contracts

The police department continues to be opaque about its surveillance spending, despite a City Council law that demands transparency.
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Client Stories: Darcelle Joyeau Is a Teacher, DACA Dreamer

Darcelle has lived in New York City since she was four years old, but her immigration status remains uncertain as Congress has yet to pass the DREAM Act.
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