BDS Testimony before New York City Council Committees on Veterans and Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction regarding Veterans Treatment Courts
In our experience, Veterans Treatment Court provides critical avenues for healing and recovery to individuals who require evidence-based treatment interventions in the community. Veterans with criminal legal system involvement have unique needs and the specialized focus is extremely helpful in reducing the long-term collateral consequences of a conviction, such as limited employment and educational options, loss of housing, deportation and loss of familial relationships. The targeted intervention of the Veterans Court also increases the likelihood of successful reintegration of veterans into community life, improves long-term treatment outcomes, and reduces the chances of re-arrest.
View the full testimony here.
BDS Testimony before The New York City Human Resources Administration regarding CityFHEPS Program Eligibility AmendmentsNow is the moment, when the housing and homelessness crisis is deepening, to implement changes that will ensure CityFHEPS vouchers are a true path to permanent housing.Letters & TestimoniesTenant Rights and Housing Discrimination
BDS Letter to the Board of Correction concerning the Department of Correction Variance Requests regarding Correspondence and PackagesThese policies would further dehumanize people in custody by isolating them from crucial family ties and subjecting them and their families to enhanced surveillance.Letters & TestimoniesBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Brooklyn Defenders Calls on NYC Board of Correction to Deny Department of Correction’s Requests to Limit Physical Mail and Packages in NYC JailsThe Department of Correction’s proposals to cut off physical mail and non-commercial packages to everyone in its custody is a drastic overreach that will only further dehumanize people in custody.In The NewsBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Hochul Signs Into Law Measure Granting Custody Hearings to Unwed FathersWritten by Amy Mulzer, a senior attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, with help from New York University law professor Christine Gottlieb, the Parental Equity Act aims to bring fairness to birth fathers by granting full and fair hearings regarding their fitness to care for children who were moved into foster care by the state.In The News
Reforms to NYC child welfare laws would require investigators inform families of rightsDozens of parents and NYC council members rallied Wednesday for long-sought reform bills that require city workers to verbally inform families of their legal rights at the start of a child welfare investigation.In The NewsEarly Defense for Parents Facing ACS Investigations
The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services and Milbank LLP File Motion to Hold NYC Department of Correction in Contempt for Ongoing Failure to Provide Incarcerated New Yorkers Access to Medical CarePetitioners demand that DOC pay $3.08M in fines to incarcerated New Yorkers who missed critical medical appointments from February - October 2022 and request the court grant a hearing on limiting the population in DOC custody.Press ReleasesBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Lawsuit Asserts If Rikers Can’t Provide Medical Care, It Should Cap PopulationThe city Department of Correction should pay a $3 million fine and explain to a judge how many people it can realistically provide medical care to and take no more than that, New York’s largest public defender group argued in a court filing Monday.In The NewsBail & Pre-Trial Incarceration
New York Immigrant Family Unity Project Statement on Massive ICE Data Leak of Detained Asylum Seekers’ InformationNew York City’s defender organizations providing free legal representation to detained immigrants through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) – today released the below statement in response to ICE’s release of the names of more than 6,000 detained immigrants on its public website in violation of law and policy and which puts the impacted people in danger.Press ReleasesImmigration Raids & Detention
BDS Testimony before the New York Senate Committee On Crime Victims, Crime & Correction on the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole BillsThese two parole justice measures will reunite families, improve community safety, and save New York State money that could be reallocated toward urgent community needs.Letters & TestimoniesParole Justice