Legal Aid Society


LAS in the News 12.24.21

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 calls for release of incarcerated people as COVID infections spike in City jails

NYT: Virus cases spike in New York City jails, where less than half of detainees are vaccinated.
AMNY: COVID-19 surge in New York City jails leads to pause on all in-person visits
Queens Daily Eagle: COVID Spikes on Rikers, Services Cut
CBS: Outgoing DOC Commissioner Sounds Alarm About COVID-19 Cases At Rikers Island
Fox 5: Visits suspended as COVID-19 infections skyrocket inside NYC jails
CBS News: New York City Department of Correction warns of COVID-19 crisis at Rikers Island
NYLJ: As Omicron Rages, DOC Commissioner Pleads for the Reduction of City Jail Population
Inside City Hall: COVID-19 surge in correctional facilities raises safety questions
The Daily Beast: This Jail Was a Deadly Mess. Then Omicron Arrived.

LAS praises DOE for creating team dedicated to children in foster care

NYDN: NYC Education Dept. to create first division dedicated to supporting kids in foster care
Univision: Escuelas públicas de NYC apoyarán así a los niños en hogares de acogida
Manhattan Times: New DOE team will focus on foster care students

More LAS in the News

City Limits: Company Settles With Home Health Aides Seeking Unpaid Wages
NYDN: How technology can help keep the innocent out of prison
NYLJ: Milbank, Debevoise Pro Bono Practices Honored for Work With Legal Aid
The City: Adams Vows to Bring Solitary Confinement Back to Rikers Island, Scrapping Reforms
Patch: Adams Faces Backlash Over Vow To Bring Back Solitary Confinement
Spectrum News: What public defenders want from Albany next year
The Indypendent: Rikers Island Transferees Now Held in Maximum Security Prison
Type Investigations: Company Settles With Home Health Aides Seeking Unpaid Wages
Buffalo News: Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by WNY landlords over eviction moratorium
NYDN OpEd: Governor, free him in time for Christmas: A clemency plea to Gov. Hochul