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Op-Ed: Cuomo Must Act to Save Jailed Parolees from COVID-19

Attorneys from The Legal Aid Society's Parole Revocation Defense Unit issued a call for the Governor to release prisoners held on parole violations at Riker's Island in today's City Limits.
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LAS Files Second Lawsuit for Release of Prisoners at Riker’s Island Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Defender organizations have called for the widespread release of inmates vulnerable to the virus, according to the New York Law Journal.
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LAS Offers Guidance to NYC Renters During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Legal Aid Society's Ellen Davidson spoke with Curbed about the most pressing questions tenants have about the developing situation.
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Op-Ed: Make the Coronavirus Eviction Moratorium Real

Jason Wu, a housing attorney in The Legal Aid Society's civil practice informs tenants about their rights under New York City's emergency eviction moratorium in today's New York Daily News.
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3 NYC Area ICE Detention Centers Report Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strikes

This week, a medical worker test positive for COVID-19 at the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey, stoking fears of an outbreak in the closed, unsanitary conditions of the jail. In response, detainees are refusing meals, report VICE.
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LAS Echoes Board of Correction’s Call to Release More Incarcerated New Yorkers Immediately

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the local jails continues to climb. BOC confirmed 38 COVID-19 cases among the jail population and staff. Another 58 individuals are currently being monitored for symptoms in the contagious and quarantine units, according to the New York Post.
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LAS in the News 03.20.20

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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NYC Council Member Pushes for Legislation to Extend Paid Sick Leave to “Gig Economy” Workers

As the Coronavirus outbreak has brought New York City to a standstill, workers transporting people and food have shouldered the burden of delivering essential services to homebound residents - even as they themselves face increased risk of exposure to the deadly virus, reports POLITICO.
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Advocacy Groups Call for Rent Freeze for New Yorkers

Elected officials and tenants' rights advocates are demanding a freeze for residents hit hard by the destabilizing effects of the Coronavirus outbreak, which has crippled the economic life of America's largest city, according to Curbed NY.
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LAS Files Lawsuit to Free 116 Clients in Pretrial Detention, Incarcerated on a Parole Violation Hold

These individuals, by virtue of their age and/or underlying medical condition, are particularly vulnerable to serious illness or death if infected by COVID-19, according to the New York Daily News.
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