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LAS Demands Answers After the Deaths of Two More Incarcerated Clients

Gregory Acevedo and Robert Pondexter are the latest New Yorkers to die in the ongoing crisis in City jails.
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Op-Ed: Treatment Not Jail, A Moral Imperative

Michael Nieves, the thirteenth person to die while in Department of Correction custody this year, is a sobering reminder of the need for legislative action.
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LAS Mourns Michael Nieves, 13th New Yorker to Pass in DOC Custody This Year

Reports that uniformed correction officers stood idly and watched Mr. Nieves end his life are infuriating and heartbreaking, but not surprising.
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Report: TGNCNBI People Face Crisis in New York City Jails

A new report reveals a jail system that renders TGNCNBI individuals invisible, and therefore extremely vulnerable to the worst harms of arrest and incarceration.
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Court: DOC Must Pay Incarcerated New Yorkers Denied Medical Treatment

As a result of a suit brought by Legal Aid, the Department of Correction has been ordered to pay roughly $200K in fines to the people affected by the jails' broken medical care system.
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Amid Heatwave, LAS Demands Protections for Incarcerated New Yorkers

Basic necessities like access to air conditioning, cold showers, and ice are critical to avoiding heat stroke, which can be fatal.
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LAS Mourns Michael Lopez, 11th New Yorker to Pass in DOC Custody This Year

Deaths on Rikers have become the status quo, underscoring the need for a federal receivership and immediate decarceration of City jails.
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LAS: Department of Correction Still in Contempt of Medical Care Order

The City continues to fail in its obligation to provide access to medical care for incarcerated New Yorkers, despite claims of compliance.
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Data: City Still Failing to Ensure Access to Medical Care for Incarcerated New Yorkers

The Department of Correction continues to be in contempt of a court order, despite claims of compliance, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS: Mayor Adams Cannot Ignore Deaths on Rikers

The Mayor visited the facility for a press conference but continues to deny the reality of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in City jails.
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