Politics & Policy

The Realities of Bail Reform

The Realities of Bail Reform

By Yoonji Han and TuAnh Dam Robert Rose III vividly remembers the 24 years he spent in jail. The empty cell, the cement walls, the rough jeans inmates

On the Frontlines:  Nurses Say They Need More Protective Masks and Gear

On the Frontlines: Nurses Say They Need More Protective Masks and Gear

Nurses treating COVID-19 patients throughout many of the city’s hospitals are reporting that they don’t have enough protective gear. As the virus continues to spread through the city,

Pre-K For Most, But Not For All: A Mom Battles for Her Special Needs Child

Pre-K For Most, But Not For All: A Mom Battles for Her Special Needs Child

Nearly 2,000 such kids are without Pre-K seats, and 40% of them are in the Bronx

Signed and Unsealed, New York Delivers on Its Promise for Open Birth Records

Signed and Unsealed, New York Delivers on Its Promise for Open Birth Records

After decades of advocacy, adoptees in New York can finally get their original birth certificates. But it has been a long, arduous road

Here Comes The Bag Ban

Here Comes The Bag Ban

New Yorkers seem prepared for the new law despite the state’s one-month enforcement delay

Flushing Away Fines

Flushing Away Fines

A new city policy may soon offer both small business owners—and pedestrians— some relief. If the Mayor’s Office of Operation and city Law Department approves the proposal, the policy would give business owners the chance to have certain fees waived if their business opens its bathroom up to the public. The program is awaiting the […]

The Ongoing Fight for Heat in NYCHA Housing

The Ongoing Fight for Heat in NYCHA Housing

Each night before his head hits the pillow, Jerry Jackson layers on his grey fleece and down windbreaker over his pajamas. The 68-year-old’s peculiar bedtime routine began in October of 2019 when his apartment started to feel as if all the windows had been left open on a windy winter night. “It’s a constant wave […]

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 […]

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