Politics & Policy

A Surge of Violence in Jails Stirs Scrutiny from City

A Surge of Violence in Jails Stirs Scrutiny from City

Incidents of slashings and stabbings in city jails surged 10.4 percent last year and physical confrontations between detainees and corrections officers rose sharply to a staggering 37 percent—and the City Council Committee on Criminal Justice is trying to find out why. On Monday, senior officials from the city’s Department of Correction appeared at a hearing […]

New York Fights to Protect Immigrants by Keeping ICE from Patrolling Courts

New York Fights to Protect Immigrants by Keeping ICE from Patrolling Courts

Last July, Miriam Martinez’s husband, Plutarco Ramirez was whisked away by immigration officials at a courthouse in New York. He was arrested after being falsely charged with a crime that was later dropped. “His detention drastically shifted my everyday life, for the first time my family was torn apart,” said Martinez in her emotional testimony […]

Sweetgreen to Accept Greenbacks Again, as the City Considers Cashless Ban

Sweetgreen to Accept Greenbacks Again, as the City Considers Cashless Ban

As the city council polishes up a piece of legislation that would ban “cashless” retail, an early adopter of card- and app-only transactions has indicated it will be reversing course. The fast-casual eatery Sweetgreen announced in a blog post on Thursday it would transition away from its cashless policy, which its stores adopted two years […]

City Council Votes to Notify Incarcerated Individuals When Bail is Less than $10

City Council Votes to Notify Incarcerated Individuals When Bail is Less than $10

By Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio On Tuesday, the New York City Council voted to pass a bill which requires the Department of Correction to inform incarcerated people– and their lawyers–when they are being held on a bail amount of less than $10. Activists working with incarcerated individuals have long been fighting to find a […]

Living in Legal Limbo

Living in Legal Limbo

  All of them live in legal limbo. And all of them live under the same roof. The matriarch, Mirna Portillo, 49, a Salvadoran who entered the country illegally 19 years ago, is losing her hair because of stress. After an earthquake hit El Salvador in 2001, the United States granted temporary protected status, known […]