The Assault on New York’s Bail Reform
Police and prosecutors charge that changes to the state’s bail system are causing more violent crimes. But the people helped by the new law mostly get ignored.
A Jail By Any Other Name
The Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center is intended to advance restorative justice efforts. Its opponents, and many criminal justice reformers, argue that governments should invest instead in alternatives to incarceration.
‘Stop and Frisk’ Finds Few Guns, Many Critics in Kingston
A joint law enforcement campaign made over 1,300 stops, but nabbed only five firearms.
Rethinking Crime and Punishment: Restorative Justice in the Hudson Valley
A program in Ulster County seeks repair, rather than retribution, for criminalized behavior. Can it be a model for a fairer criminal justice system?
Did the Public Have a Fair Say in the Closure of the Village of Rhinebeck’s Court?
Abolition? Consolidation? Democratic participation? The future of Rhinebeck’s village court begs questions.
Officer Involved in Recent Killing Accused of Excessive Force in Previous Case
Involved in the shooting of Tyrell Fincher, Ricardo Rivera is also accused of nearly hitting Lakeem Thompson with a squad car, then attacking him with a canine—all for a traffic violation.
A New Kind of Judge for Orange County
Paul Trachte hopes to not only win a seat long held by Republicans, but to build a more progressive criminal justice system.
Prison Visitation in the Era of COVID-19
New York correctional facilities have been closed to visitors since March, depriving the incarcerated of vital contact with their loved ones. But a DOCCS reopening plan has done little to assuage concerns, some of which predate the pandemic.
The Trials of Nicole Addimando
The case of a Poughkeepsie woman convicted of killing her partner will test New York’s new sentencing guidelines for victims of abuse.
The Long-Awaited Arrival of Bail Reform
New York’s transformative pretrial and bail reforms go into effect in 2020. They should create a more fair, equal, and compassionate criminal justice system.