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Committee: Corrections and Community Reentry

Report re: S.4928-B/A.7333-B, which would give Queens County DA jurisdiction over cases arising on Rikers Island (November 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: District Attorneys

Testimony before the New York City Council Immigration Committee in support of legislation (Int. 0486-2014 and Int. 0487-2014) to further limit the constitutional violations arising from current detainer practices between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Correction and the New York Police Department (October 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Letter to Mayor de Blasio regarding Int. 292-2014 which requires the NYC Department of Correction to post quarterly reports online about the people who are placed in solitary confinement at city jails (August 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Solitary Confinement, City Jails

Report on A.8588-A/S.6466-A in relation to restricting use of segregated confinement in New York prisons (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoners, Isolated Confinement of

Letter to the Parole Board commenting on proposed regulations implementing the 2011 amendments and adding two factors that should consider in making parole decisions (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Parole Regulations

Letter to Congress regarding holding the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) accountable for its promise to continue housing women prisoners from the Northeast at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution (December 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Female Inmates

Letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons regarding plans to convert the FCI Danbury, the only federal facility for women post-sentencing in the Northeast, into a men’s prison (September 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Female Inmates

Report on A.6799/S.4483 which would require judges to consider public safety as a factor in setting bail (July 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Bail, Public Safety as a Factor

Proposed amendment to § 8-b of the Court of Claims Act (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act

Report on A.4582-B/S.4664-A which would amend the penal law to change mandatory terms of probation to discretionary terms and eliminate the requirement of pre-sentence investigations in limited circumstances (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Probation Sentences

Letter to the New York City Board of Corrections regarding the adoption of rules governing the use of isolated confinement (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoners, Isolated Confinement of

Report on A.4591-A/S.3138-A which would require the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders to consult a “validated risk instrument” when making its recommendation to courts regarding the appropriate risk level of a sex offender (Reissued June 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sex Offenders

Report on A.4582/S.2100 which would amend the penal law to change mandatory terms of probation to discretionary terms and to authorize the court to increase the term of probation to the maximum in the event of a violation (Reissued February 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Probation Sentences

Letter to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision regarding a comprehensive review of the Department’s policies and procedures regarding punitive Special Housing Units (February 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons, Special Housing Units

Letter to the New York City Council regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration on Int. 982 and Int. 989 which would change the current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer policy in New York City by limiting the Department of Correction’s and New York Police Department’s collaboration with ICE (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Report on A.9010/S.3645-C “Brittany’s Law” which would create a registry for all violent felony offenders in New York State (March 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Violent Felony Offenders

Testimony before the New York City Council Immigration Committee on Int. 656-2011, which would put reasonable restraints on the Department of Correction's practices in the holding of immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainers

Letter to the Department of Justice commenting on the proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape in light of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Amador et al. v. Andrews et al. (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prison Rape

Report on Int. 656-2011 which would put reasonable restraints on the Department of Correction's practices in the holding of immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainers

Letter to the Department of Education regarding the automatic termination of teachers with a felony conviction (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Teachers

Amicus Brief: People v. Paulin & Pratts (New York State Court of Appeals, April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Rockefeller Drug Law

Report on A.6150/S.3501-B which would make a teacher's conviction for any qualifying criminal offense in the past five years a dispositive ground for lay-off priority (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Teachers

Letter to the Department of Justice commenting on the proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prison Rape

Report on S.2808-B (Part EE) which would make a teacher's conviction for any qualifying criminal offense in the past five years and since being appointed a dispositive ground for lay-off priority (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Teachers

Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding continued funding in the New York State budget for Prisoners' Legal Services (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoners Legal Services

Proposal to Limit Collaboration Between New York City Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Undoing Time: A Proposal for Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment of Innocent Individuals (October 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Wrongful convictions

Amicus Brief: People v. Orta (filed March 2010, New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Rockefeller Drug Law

Report on A.9382/S.4406-B regarding the Department of Correctional Services’ web-based Inmate Population Information Search (Reissued January 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Amicus Brief: Acosta v. New York City Board of Education (filed January 2010 in the New York State Court of Appeals) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Report on A.4887/S.3357 which concerns the standard under which employers and licensing agencies in New York consider applicants and employees with criminal records (Reissued April 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Report regarding A.2266/S.1266, the New York Voting Rights Notification and Registration Act (Reissued March 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoners

Report on A.810 which would give the Department of Health oversight of healthcare in correctional facilities (Reissued June 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons, health care facilities in

Comments on the New York City Board of Correction proposals for variances from the Board of Correction’s minimum standards for New York City jail facilities (April 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons

Statement to the Obama Administration's transition team regarding issues facing persons released from correctional facilities (December 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Report on A.3664-B/S.4366-B which would remove statutory barriers to the licensure and employment of people with criminal records (Reissued March 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Report on A.3770-A/S.4686 which would remove the provision in New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Section 102(2) which forbids an establishment licensed to sell liquor for on-premises consumption to hire any person in any capacity who has been previously convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Report on A.10864 which would permit eligible people to be enrolled in pilot projects in selected state prison facilities to complete necessary paperwork for enrolling in Medicaid prior to their release. ( PDF format )
Subject area: Medicaid

Comments on the Board of Correction Proposed Amendments to the Minimum Standards for New York City Correctional Facilities, June 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons

Letter to the Joint Committee on Local Rules of the EDNY and the SDNY urging that in all cases involving pro se litigants, counsel attach copies of decisions cited in their memoranda of law or other pleadings when those decisions are unreported and/or available solely in electronic databases ( PDF format )
Subject area: Pro Se Litigants

Letter to Governor Elect Spitzer urging that New York State cease its current practice of terminating Medicaid eligibility for individuals incarcerated in state and local correctional facilities ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons

Amicus Brief: Muntaqim v. Coombe (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit)(Voting Rights Act Protects Felons' Right to Vote) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Election Law

Letter to the Department of Correctional Services Urging Them to Reconsider Their Opposition to the Committee's Request to Visit Prison Law Libraries and Work with the Committee in Improving Correctional Services to Inmates ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons

Conditions of Confinement and the Use of Stun Shields by the New York City Department of Corrections ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons

Dying Twice: Conditions on New York's Death Row
Subject area: Prisons