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LAS Calls for Halt on Arrests and Release of Clients Held on Parole Violations, in Pretrial Detention

As the COVID-19 continues to spread across New York, The Legal Aid Society called for a moratorium on arrests and reaffirmed the need for the immediate release of all New Yorkers held on parole violations or in pretrial detention, reports City Limits.
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NYC Defenders Call for Council Hearing on NYPD Crime Stat Manipulation

This request comes after an analysis of data that revealed docketed cases have plummeted by almost 20 percent throughout the city in the first two months of 2020, according to POLITICO.
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LAS Slams NYPD for Piecemeal Changes to its Facial Recognition Policy

The policy will most likely still disproportionately impact New Yorkers of color, reports AM New York
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LAS in the News 3.13.20

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, Emery Celli File Lawsuit for Woman Illegally Shackled During Labor

NYPD officers handcuffed and shackled the 22-year old during and after the delivery of her newborn son, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS Slams Corcraft for Paying Incarcerated New Yorkers Pennies on the Dollar

Despite generating $30-$40 million in revenues annually in sales from other state agencies, Corcraft pays as little as $.26 cents per hour, according to THE CITY.
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Op-Ed: New York Must Halt Evictions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Jason Wu, a Housing Attorney at The Legal Aid Society, makes the case for an immediate eviction moratorium in today’s Gotham Gazette.
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LAS Calls on The City to Protect Incarcerated New Yorkers From Coronavirus

The Legal Aid Society seeks clarity from the Department of Correction and Correctional Health Services on plans to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 at local jails, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS Condemns Governor, Corcraft for Exploiting Incarcerated New Yorkers to Produce Hand Sanitizer

People in custody across the state are routinely forced to work grueling hours in deplorable conditions for pennies on the dollar, according to the New York Post.
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NYC’s Jails Not Prepared for Coronavirus; Defenders Demand Plan From ICE

The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project providers sent a letter to New York City-area ICE detention facilities demanding answers on how they plan to address the crisis surrounding the impending spread of COVID-19, according to the New York Daily News.
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