Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Redmond J. Haskins
Deputy Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society

Current Press Releases and Statements:

October 2021

10/15/21 NYC Defenders Statement on Planned Transfer of Women, Transgender People on Rikers
10/14/21 LAS Statement on Nunez Monitor Status Report Concerning Rikers Island Crisis
10/14/21 LAS: Don’t Believe NYPD Commissioner’s Fearmongering on Bail, Discovery Reform
10/14/21 Advisory: Senator Schumer, Electeds, Tenants to Rally Against Predatory Landlord Tactics
10/13/21 LAS Statement on Transfers of Incarcerated Women from New York City Jails to State Prisons
10/07/21 LAS Praises Governor for Signing Legislation to Provide Medication to Incarcerated People
10/07/21 Defender Statement on Mayor’s Comments Concerning New York’s Court System
10/06/21 NYIFUP Statement on Begen County’s Exit From ICE Detention Contract
10/06/21 Legislators, Impacted People Demand DAs End Cash Bail Practices to Curb Rikers Crisis
10/05/21 Advisory: Elected Officials, Impacted People Demand That DAs End Cash Bail Practices
10/04/21 LAS, BDS, and Milbank File Lawsuit to Secure Incarcerated Clients’ Access to Medical Care
10/01/21 LAS Appoints Zachary Carter to Chair of the Board of Directors

September 2021

09/30/21 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign Two Critical Bills to Advance Juvenile Justice in NYS
09/30/21 LAS Echoes Legislature’s Call For Hochul Administration to Lift Parole Warrants
09/29/21 Court Issues Emergency Order to Address the Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in City Jails
09/27/21 After Mayor Finally Tours Rikers Island, LAS Calls on de Blasio to Decarcerate City Jails
09/21/21 LAS Calls on Federal Court to Address Humanitarian Crisis at Rikers Island and other City Jails
09/20/21 LAS Decries Death of Isaabdul Karim, 11th to Pass Away this Year While Incarcerated at Rikers
09/17/21 LAS Statement on Gov. Kathy Hochul Signing the Less Is More Act
09/16/21 LAS Files Two Suits Demanding Transparency Over Dangerous Conditions at Local Jails
09/14/21 LAS Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s Emergency Rikers Relief Plan
09/14/21 S.T.O.P., LAS Reveal Secret NYPD Surveillance Contracts Now Exceed $277 Million
09/14/21 NYIFUP Statement on Hudson County’s Imminent Exit From ICE Detention Contract 
09/13/21 Elected Officials Detail Illegal, Deadly Conditions Inside Rikers Island Following Visit
09/10/21 Advisory: Amid Jail Crisis, Elected Officials to Visit Rikers Island, Demand Decarceration
09/09/21 LAS Statement on Commissioner Schiraldi’s Comments on Rikers Island
09/07/21 LAS Statement on the Death of Client Esias Johnson on Rikers Island
09/01/21 LAS Applauds NYS Legislature for Passage of New Eviction Moratorium
09/01/21 LAS Statement in Support of Senator Schumer’s Recommendations for Federal Judgeships

August 2021

08/30/21 Advisory: Advocates, Allies Call For Urgent Decarceration to Prevent More Deaths on Rikers
08/30/21 NYC Defenders’ Statement on Death of Segundo Guallpa at Rikers Island
08/26/21 NYC Defenders Urge Mayor, Governor, More to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in NYC’s Jails
08/24/21 LAS Calls on Governor Hochul to Sign Essential Legislation
08/20/21 LAS Calls on the NYS Legislature to Reconvene to Amend, Extend Eviction Moratorium
08/18/21 LAS Statement on Governor Cuomo Granting Clemency to Ten Deserving New Yorkers
08/16/21 NYC Defenders Demand Courthouse Safety as the Delta Variant of COVID-19 Surges
08/13/21 NYC Defenders Statement on Death of Brandom Rodriguez in DOC Custody
08/12/21 LAS Statement on Supreme Court Blocking a Portion of New York’s Eviction Moratorium
08/12/21 LAS Calls on Governor to Review Clemency Applications, Grant Relief Before Leaving Office
08/11/21  LAS Testifies Before NY State Assembly on Issues Hobbling Emergency Rental Assistance Plan
08/10/21  NYIFUP Urges Governor to Sign Legislation Prohibiting Future NJ ICE Detention Contracts
08/10/21  S.T.O.P., LAS Condemn $159 Million in Secret NYPD Surveillance Contracts
08/09/21 LAS Secures Dismissal for Wrongfully Convicted Client James Davis
08/05/21 LAS, Jenner Win Emergency Motion to Protect Disabled Homeless New Yorkers
08/04/21 Advisory: Coalition Calls on Dept of Health to Fully Implement Workplace COVID Safety Law
08/04/21 LAS, Jenner File Emergency Motion to Ensure Due Process For Disabled Homeless New Yorkers
08/02/21 LAS Calls on Albany to Renew Eviction Freeze to Prevent Widespread Homelessness

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