New York City Council avoids thorniest issues during jails hearing
New York City Council members had 90 minutes on Tuesday to question the city’s jails chief and Mayor Eric Adams' chief counsel about the ongoing humanitarian crisis at Rikers Island, but they declined to ask specific questions or follow-ups about the issues facing the jails complex that have garnered the most public attention.
Kelsey De Avila, of Brooklyn Defender Services, alleged that one of their clients was recently raped in his housing unit, but the DOC didn’t even respond to his attorney’s request that he be transferred.
“It’s clear there is no sense of urgency within this department, nor is this agency capable of keeping people safe,” she said.
View the full article here.
- Immigration Raids & DetentionPress Releases
NYIFUP Providers Condemn ICE's Reckless and Dangerous Transfers from Orange County Correctional Facility, Demand Immediate Release of All People from the Facility"ICE’s decision to transfer detained immigrant New Yorkers from the Orange County Correctional Facility to unknown locations outside of the NYC area, without any prior notice to detained people’s families or legal counsel, is reckless and unsafe."
- Bail & Pre-Trial IncarcerationIn The News
Critics say New York’s new gun control law will fuel mass incarceration“Gun regulation need not mean funneling low-income Black and brown people into the criminal legal system,” reads the statement signed by the Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Black Attorneys of Legal Aid, and a handful of upstate county public defender organizations.