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Public Defenders Decry Slow Release of Parolees During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York's public defender organizations are calling for the expedited release of approximately 400 detainees who have been cleared for release by orders of the governor's office, according to NY1.
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LAS Calls on Gov. Cuomo, DOCCS to Release Four Incarcerated People at High Risk of COVID-19

A demand letter from The Legal Aid Society calls for the immediate release of these especially vulnerable clients and for the review of thousands of additional cases, according to THE CITY.
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LAS Calls for NYC to House Homeless in Hotels During Outbreak

The City's homeless are seeking shelter in the subway system to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Pix11.
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LAS Demands Transparency From DOC on COVID-19

The public has little information from the Department of Correction on positive cases, the number of tests administered, the number of incarcerated New Yorkers in quarantine, and other critical information, reports Politico New York.
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Op-Ed: Cuomo is Exploiting a Pandemic to Roll Back Bail Reform

Staff Attorneys from The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice sound the alarm over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's intent to force rollbacks to 2019's bail reform through changes in the state budget, in today's Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
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NYC Immigration Court Transfers Cases to Be Heard Remotely in Texas

The relocation of hearings comes amid the COVID-19 lockdown in place in New York City, reports Documented NY.
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ICE Operations in NYC Aided the Spread of Coronavirus

The agency continued detaining undocumented immigrants even as the threat of coronavirus infection spread across New York City, The Intercept reports.
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LAS Calls for Increased Resources to Protect NYC’s Homeless Population During COVID-19 Outbreak

A letter sent to the City Thursday warned that a lack of action will endanger both the homeless population and social workers, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
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LAS and Public Defenders Win Release of Immigrants in Detention Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

U.S. District Judges say detainees have various medical conditions that put them at greater risk for coronavirus, reports NYLJ.
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LAS in the News 3.27.20

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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