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LTE: NYPD Must Re-Evaluate Police Priorities to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

Jennvine Wong, a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society's Cop Accountability Project, penned a letter to the editor in today’s New York Daily News calling on the NYPD to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as infection rates continue to skyrocket among officers.
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LAS in the News 3.17.20

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 Demands Rent Freeze for NYC’s Rent-Stabilized Apartments

Following new RGB report, advocates fear a rent increase amidst the coronavirus outbreak could lead to mass evictions, according to Curbed.
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LAS Decries Scarcity of Hotel Isolation Units Provided by City in Fight to Halt COVID-19 Spread

Infected patients describe "ordeal" of gaining access to scarce quarantine units, reports THE CITY.
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LAS and Kasowitz File Lawsuit to Free 9 Clients Incarcerated at NYS Prisons

In light of the quickly escalating public health crisis the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered within New York State prisons, the writ seeks their immediate release, reports the Associated Press.
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LAS Explains Changes to Mortgages and Foreclosures During COVID-19 Crisis

Legal Aid housing attorneys answer frequently asked questions in a piece on QNS.com.
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LAS Files Clemency Applications on Behalf of 20 Incarcerated New Yorkers

Many of these individuals have upcoming release dates or are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, according to The New Republic.
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LAS Calls on Mayor, NYPD to Modify Policing Practices​ Putting Communities at Risk of COVID-19

Despite a decrease in crime and a rapid increase of confirmed cases amongst the NYPD, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has not committed to any policy changes, reports The Intercept.
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Op-Ed: Release Many More People From Prison Now, Gov. Cuomo

In an op-ed in today's New York Daily News, Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice demands an expansion of the release of vulnerable prisoners from local jails and prisons.
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LAS, Co-Counsel Win Release of 5 ICE Detainees as Coronavirus Outbreak Mounts

The Legal Aid Society together with Bronx Defenders, ACLU, and ACLU of NJ successfully litigated the immediate release of individuals from two detention facilities, reports the NY Daily News.
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