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Many New York Judges Spend Their Way Toward Seats on the Bench. And It’s Perfectly Legal

An investigation by New York Focus found most of the city’s state Supreme Court candidates who won in November have donated to Democratic county parties and leaders. Some have spent thousands, thanks to a widely used loophole in ethics rules.

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De Blasio Promised Nearly Six Months Ago to End Solitary Confinement. So Where’s the Plan?

The Board of Correction now says a proposal, spurred by the death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island, will be out this month. But the City Council could beat them to it with a law.

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‘Hundreds’ of Prisoners Approved for Early Release Stuck Behind Bars as COVID Spikes

The state has sprung thousands of nonviolent offenders from lockups due to the pandemic. But many who are eligible for a head start on freedom remain held, Legal Aid reports.

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‘Why Are You in My Home?’ Kawaski Trawick Never Got an Answer Before Police Fatally Shot Him

Police body camera footage released Tuesday shows how, within two minutes, cops arrived, Tased and shot the 32-year-old man in his Bronx apartment last year.

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Inmates Say Warden Brings Calm to Rikers’ Young Adult Jail, But Correction Officers Balk

Violence has dropped in lockup for 18- to-21-year-old detainees since Joe Caputo took over. But critics slam a mentorship program manned by older inmates — including one accused of assaulting a correction officer.

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De Blasio Cites Cops’ Light Touch, But Some Protesters Charge Increased Brutality

Demonstrators who have participated in marches since the spring say NYPD tactics have turned more violent amid recent "Count the Vote" protests. They blame the mayor and police commissioner.

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Force Use Against Inmates Reached Record as COVID Hit New York City

"Hyper-confrontational" correction officers triggered pepper sprayings and brawls, according to the latest report from a federal monitor overseeing Rikers Island and other city jails.

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Chinatown Jail Setback Signals Slog Toward Rikers Shutdown 

A judge ruled in favor of locals fighting a proposed new tower to replace The Tombs. Meanwhile, more lawsuits are pending over other borough jail sites in The Bronx and Queens.

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Young Adults Housed With Older Inmates in NYC Jails Despite Restrictions

Two in five detainees 18 to 21 are in the general population — defying rules that say they must be with people their own age in Rikers Island and other city lockups.

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Cuomo’s Solitary Confinement ‘Overhaul’ Delayed Another Year

Last year, the governor and legislative leaders proposed a 30-day limit on isolating prisoners. The deadline to adopt that rule just passed. Now it won’t be in place until at least 2023.

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Former Inmates Threatened with Early Checkout from Taxpayer-Funded Hotel Rooms

Homeless people who moved into rooms in Manhattan and Queens after leaving jail or prison could be back on the streets by Oct. 31 — especially if money from FEMA doesn’t come through.

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‘My Community Saved My Life’: Bystander Paralyzed in Brooklyn Shooting Speaks Out

Sam Metcalfe marched with Black Lives Matter protesters this summer. After being wounded steps from his home in a shootout that left a Black teen dead, he’s renewed his calls for social justice.

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Sex Workers Should Not be Arrested, de Blasio Declares, Invoking Layleen Polanco’s Legacy

But his comments about arresting those "organizing and profiting" from the trade alarmed sex worker rights advocates. The mayor’s words came days after the city settled a suit filed by Polanco’s family.

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Too Many Parolees Being Sent Back to Rikers Unnecessarily, Advocates Say

Criminal justice reform advocates contend that authorities should stop putting people who have not committed any new crimes in jail for technical parole violations — especially during a pandemic.

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NYPD Account in Killing of Bronx Man ‘Not True,’ Mom Says After Cops Cleared

After viewing police bodycam footage of the April 2019 shooting, Kawaski Trawick’s mother called the death of her 32-year-old son "murder."

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Sex Workers Slammed by the Pandemic Say City Council Aid Misses the Mark

Left without steady income and ineligible for government unemployment relief, some sex workers say the $4.1 million funding for medical and other services could be better spent.

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Embattled Former Vance Deputy Joins Crowded Manhattan DA Race to Unseat Ex-Boss

Diana Florence, who left the District Attorney’s office in January following allegations she withheld evidence, becomes the seventh candidate to join the contest.

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Homeless Man Jailed for Failing to Put Address on Sex Offender Registry Dies at Rikers

Inmate advocates — and even one victims’ group — point to Hector Rodriguez’ death as more reason to reform the registry. But the feds defend it as a safety measure.

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Many Deaths at New York State Prisons Are Preventable, Review Finds

Inmates with most high-profile cases appear to get worse medical treatment amid lack of staff, prison commission reports suggest.

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‘ShotSpotter’ Tested as Shootings and Fireworks Soar, While Civil Rights Questions Linger

Sensors used to pinpoint gunfire now cover nearly a quarter of the city. It’s unclear how effective they are -— or even where they are — amid concerns of rights abuses.