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Federal Monitor: Conditions on Rikers Island Remain Grave

The Department of Corrections has failed to correct the dangerous conditions that led to an emergency order to address the humanitarian crisis in City jails, as reported by the PIX 11 News.
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LAS: Don’t Buy Commissioner Shea’s Fearmongering on Bail, Discovery Reform

The City's own data contradicts the NYPD Commissioner's attempts to link pre-trial reforms with a rise in crime, according to CBS 2 New York.
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LAS Secures Improvements to Grant Program for Homeless New Yorkers

Legal Aid Society litigation ensures that apartments will be safe and landlords will be held accountable, reports City Limits.
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Advocates: End Predatory Court Fines and Fees

The Legal Aid Society is supporting new legislation that would help alleviate the cycle of debt and punishment, as reported by the Queens Daily Eagle.
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LAS Decries Move to Transfer Detained Women Out of New York City

Approximately 230 incarcerated women will be transferred from Rikers Island to the Bedford Hill and Taconic Correctional Facilities, both of which are located 40 miles north of the City, according to Spectrum News.
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NYPD Identifies Wrong Man in Latest Instance of Bail Reform Fearmongering

Commissioner Shea incorrectly identified a Legal Aid client as a suspect in the NYPD's ongoing effort to draw a false equivalency between bail reform and crime, reports the New York Post.
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Public Defenders: Courts Must Take Responsibility for Rikers Crisis

Defenders across the five boroughs are calling on judges and district attorneys to use their power to prevent New Yorkers from winding up in City jails unnecessarily, as reported by The New Yorker
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LAS Criticizes NYPD Over Drones Linked to Potential National Security Threat

The company that manufactures these drones has been flagged by The Department of Homeland Security as potentially providing data to the Chinese government, reports The Intercept.
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LAS in the News 10.08.21

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: Clients Must Be Released as ICE Exits New Jersey

Advocates are calling on ICE to release individuals rather than transfer them out of state, away from their families, counsel, and communities, as reported by the New Jersey Monitor.
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