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LAS Calls on Mayor, NYPD to Modify Policing Practices​ Putting Communities at Risk of COVID-19

Despite a decrease in crime and a rapid increase of confirmed cases amongst the NYPD, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has not committed to any policy changes, reports The Intercept.
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Op-Ed: Release Many More People From Prison Now, Gov. Cuomo

In an op-ed in today's New York Daily News, Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice demands an expansion of the release of vulnerable prisoners from local jails and prisons.
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LAS, Co-Counsel Win Release of 5 ICE Detainees as Coronavirus Outbreak Mounts

The Legal Aid Society together with Bronx Defenders, ACLU, and ACLU of NJ successfully litigated the immediate release of individuals from two detention facilities, reports the NY Daily News.
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Advocates Warn NYC’s Homeless Shelters are a “Time Bomb” Amid COVID-19

Public advocates fear the worst as the deadly virus invades one place where social distancing is impossible, reports The New York Times.
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LAS Demands Release of Incarcerated New Yorkers After Death of Second Client

Walter Ance, who was 63 years old, passed away Saturday from COVID-19 while in custody of the New York City Department of Correction, according to THE CITY.
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LAS Secures the Release of 51 Clients Held on Technical Parole Violations

The ruling comes just days after the deaths of Michael Tyson and Raymond Rivera, two New Yorkers who contracted COVID-19 while in the custody of the DOCCS, according to the CNN.
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LAS in the News 3.10.20

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 Decries New York’s Floundering Unemployement Insurance System

Crucial unemployment benefits for the jobless are being bottlenecked by a convoluted review process, writes Gothamist.
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LAS Calls for Automatic CARES Act Benefits for SSI and Veterans

The #CARESAct requires millions of vulnerable recipients of SSI and Veterans benefits to complete complex and confusing online forms, unnecessarily impeding their receipt of desperately needed relief.
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New York City Jail Population Drops 20% During COVID-19 Epidemic

The Legal Aid Society's nationally recognized mass writ litigation caused the City and State to release over 1,000 people.
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