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Over 4,000 New Yorkers in DOCCS’ Custody Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The Legal Aid Society called on the Governor to join other states and allow vaccinations of people incarcerated in prisons and jails, reports THE CITY.
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LAS in the News 01.15.21

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, NYCLU Laud AG Lawsuit Condemning Police Violence

The lawsuit joins existing litigation brought by The Legal Aid Society and NYCLU that seeks to address the NYPD’s conduct during the demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd, as reported by the Associated Press.
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Spike in New DACA Applications Indicates Good Step Forward for Program

Immigrant advocates are happy to see things finally moving forward following three years of litigation over President Trump’s efforts to end the program, reports Gothamist.
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LAS Calls on Albany to Regulate City’s Rogue DNA Database

Despite promises to expunge profiles, new data shows that the City continues to index more New Yorkers’ DNA, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
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Listen: LAS Breaks Down Lawsuit Over New York’s Prison Pandemic Policies

The federal suit takes aim at dangerous policies that put vulnerable New Yorkers at Adirondack Correctional Facility in danger, as reported by The Capitol Pressroom.
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LAS Blasts Lack of Transparency Over NYPD Sexual Misconduct Claims

Attorneys say data on claims involving officers likely under-represents the extent of the problem, according to THE CITY.
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LAS Appeals to Cuomo to Fund Assistance for Struggling Tenants

Undefined policy goals are no substitute for concrete budget allocations, reports City Limits.
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LAS Urges Biden Administration to Enact Slate of Federal Housing Priorities

A letter to the new administration demands action to protect struggling tenants throughout New York, as reported by the Queens Daily Eagle.
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LAS Condemns City Hall for Failing to Involve Local Communities in Police Reform

"Efforts by community organizers and stakeholders to build trust and revive the process have been ignored," The Legal Aid Society's Corey Stoughton tells the New York Daily News.
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