Legal Aid Society


LAS in the News 08.05.22

At The Legal Aid Society our Civil, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Rights, and Pro Bono practices work tirelessly in and out of the courtroom to defend our clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. We seek to be a beacon of hope for those who feel neglected —regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our experienced teams provide comprehensive services, support, and advocacy that protect rights, keep families and communities together, and in many cases, saves lives. 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:

LAS: New data shows bail reform is working

NYT: Gov. Hochul Defends Bail Reform as Mayor Adams Presses for Changes
Times Union: Hochul defends bail laws as Adams pushes for ‘dangerousness’ standard
AMNY: Mayor and NYPD wage battle of statistics with criminal justice advocates over bail reform
Patch: NYC Mayor’s Double-Down On ‘Dangerousness’ Bail Clause Spurs Uproar
CNN: Recidivists fuel New York City’s rise in crime, mayor and police officials say
NY1: Mayor Adams says NYPD data shows ‘broken’ bail system
CBS2: Mayor Eric Adams releases statistics he hopes will bolster need for change to bail reform laws
News 12: Mayor Adams pushes for changes to bail reform to stop repeat offenders
ABC7: Mayor, New York City’s police commissioner call for changes to stop recidivism

LAS demands details on Mayor’s plan for asylum seekers in need of shelter, services

NPR: New York City works to make space for rapidly rising number of asylum-seekers
The City: Shelters a Last Resort for Asylum-Seekers Who’ve Struggled to Secure Housing
WCBS880: Adams – Influx of asylum-seekers putting stress on NYC shelter system
AMNY: Mayor Adams announces emergency procurement to obtain shelter for asylum seekers
Politico: Adams announces shelter emergency amid surge of asylum seekers
Epoch Times: NYC Agency Struggles to Cope With ‘Drastic Influx of Asylum Seekers’
NYN Media: As NYC seeks contractors to aid asylum seekers, advocates decry mismanagement
City Limits: Mayor’s Emergency Declaration Will Speed Shelter Openings
NBC4: Asylum Seekers Going to NY Given Fake Addresses, ‘Emojis’ Mocking Effort to Flee Violence
NY1: Migrants seeking asylum land at shelter in the Bronx

Data: NYPD settlements have cost taxpayers $68 million already this year

Gothamist: NYPD lawsuit payouts on track to be highest in recent history
NYDN: NYC taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct in first seven months of 2022: Nearly $68 million
The Daily Beast: NYPD Is Having a Nightmare Year for Lawsuit Settlements
NYLJ: NYC Has Paid More Than $67 Million So Far This Year to Settle Police Misconduct Suits
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: City Paid Out Almost $68 Million In Lawsuits Alleging Police Misconduct
The Crime Report: NYPD Lawsuit Payouts About to Become the Highest in Recent History

More LAS in the news

City & State: Tiffany Cabán raises alarm bells at Rikers Island
NYLJ: Armed With SCOTUS’ Ruling NY Defense Attorneys Fighting Battle Against Gun Charges
NYLJ: Legal Aid Hiring Two New Attorneys to Serve Clients Facing Housing Instability
NYP: Biden officials reportedly give migrants wrong NYC homeless shelter address
The City: Latest Rikers Death Highlights Both Mental Health and Oversight Issues
The City: New NYPD Inspector General Faces Department Resistant to Recommended Reforms
QNS: The Legal Aid Society names new leader of its Queens Neighborhood Office
Brick Underground: $250,000 grant to fight foreclosures, Bay Ridge building drama, & more
Patch: UES Rents Keep Climbing As More Inventory Doesn’t Bring Relief: Study
AMNY: Legal Aid Society receives $250,000 grant to expand housing and economic justice
Patch: Harlem Evictions On The Rise After Moratorium Ends, Records Show
NYT: Prosecutor Who Investigated Police Corruption Will Lead N.Y.P.D. Watchdog