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Listen: LAS Blasts Drug-Planting NYPD Officer

The Legal Aid Society called on the District Attorney to vacate the conviction of Jason Serrano, who was framed by Staten Island police, according to WNYC News.
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LAS Mourns the Loss of Another Incarcerated New Yorker to COVID-19

The Legal Aid Society simultaneously condemned DOCCS for allowing yet another virus outbreak, this time at Elmira Correctional Facility, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS Calls for Sensible Solutions to Tackle Backlog of Special Education Cases

Increasing mediations and settlements would help families avoid a lengthy hearing process, reports Chalkbeat New York.
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LAS Decries City’s Response to Systemic Internet Issues at Homeless Shelters

Despite ongoing connectivity issues for students participating in remote learning, the City remains resistant to providing broadband-based WiFi in shelters, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS in the News 10.16.20

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 Warns of Second COVID-19 Surge in NYS Prison System

The warning comes after a spike in positive tests at Greene County Correctional Facility, where 94 incarcerated New Yorkers are now infected, according to the New York Daily News.
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NYPD Admits Almost 2,000 People Should be Removed From City DNA Index​

In response to this admission, The Legal Aid Society called on the City Council to pass legislation ending genetic stop-and-frisk, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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Exposé Examines NYPD’s Unconstitutional Warrant Search Practice

The NYPD's practice of detaining Black and Latinx people for the purpose of conducting warrant searches when no reasonable suspicion exists is chronicled in a new piece by The Intercept.
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LAS Lauds Bill Prohibiting NYPD Collection of Children’s DNA Without Consent

The City Council recently introduced legislation that will ban police from collecting the DNA of a minor without consent from a parent, legal guardian or attorney, according to THE CITY.
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Defenders Decry 16% Rise in Jail Population as Second COVID-19 Wave Threatens NYC​

Over 400 more individuals are being held pretrial following the implementation​ of rollbacks to New York State’s bail reform law, according to the Queens Daily Eagle.
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