More than 400 acres of land will open up in New York City in the next decade. The catch? It’s on Rikers Island. The city is discussing their plan to close Rikers and move detainees into smaller jails in each borough. But some groups are already eyeing the land and contemplating the possibilities.
The NYPD says that their unit that investigates sex crimes is the best in the country. But victims of sexual assault and advocates say that while the police detectives have definitely improved in recent years – how they talk to survivors still has a long way to go. Both sides agree training is the answer, but as Stevie Hertz found, the question has become – how much?
HOST: A class action lawsuit was filed recently against the NYPD, over their religious head covering removal policy. The plaintiffs named in the case are two Muslim women who claim the police forced them to remove their hijab when taking arrest photographs. The lawsuit is an indicator of how bad relations between Muslim women and […]
Mayor De Blasio recently announced he’s speeding up a plan to equip the NYPD with body cameras. A couple thousand are already in use, but he wants all patrol officers to wear cameras by the end of this year – that’s one year earlier than planned. The $20 million program was ordered by a federal judge in 2013, after finding that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics were targeting minorities. But advocates are asking whether moving the plan faster going to help. Juliette Jabkhiro has the story.
The New York City Fire Department is again facing accusations of racial discrimination. A class action lawsuit filed on December 1st claims, when it comes to hiring and promoting certain workers, the department discriminates based on race. Jennifer Sigl reports.
The NYPD can issue you a ticket for a lot of minor violations—like littering and letting your dog off its leash. The ticket includes a “summons to court” – no big deal if you go and pay the fine—but if you don’t, there’s a warrant out for your arrest. Sarah Gibson brings us to an annual event called “Begin Again”, where the Brooklyn District Attorney is helping New Yorkers resolve these warrants.
A law passed last fall means businesses in New York City aren’t allowed to ask people whether they have been convicted of a crime when they apply for a job. It’s meant to give those with a criminal record a fairer chance of finding employment. But six months after the law went into effect, Oliver Arnoldi finds many businesses are not complying.
The debate over Rikers Island has escalated in the past two weeks. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito [vee-va-REE-toe] has called for the gradual closure of the city jail on the East River, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has backed her. Mayor Bill De Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have dismissed the idea. But amid the political fights, Oliver Arnoldi finds an emerging group who are leading the conversation from the ground.
The day after a jury convicted Police Officer Peter Liang in the death of 28 year old Akai Gurley – Residents of the housing project where Gurley lived are reacting to the verdict. Reporter Daniel Rostas has the details.
Nearly seven-hundred-thousand inmates are released from U.S. prisons and jails each year, but over half of them will be back behind bars within 12 months. One reason why is the difficulty of finding and keeping a job. Refoundry, a furniture company in Brooklyn, helps former inmates do just that. But its model is an unusual one — and it’s growing to six cities across the country this year.
An art exhibition was held last week in the District Courthouse in Brooklyn. But it wasn’t your regular exhibition. The artists were young women accused of assault. By attending an 8-week transformative justice program, they were able to avoid a court process and a possible conviction. Laura Gamba reports.
An art exhibition was held last week in the District Courthouse in Brooklyn. But it wasn’t your regular exhibition. The artists were young women accused of assault. By attending an 8-week transformative justice program, they were able to avoid a court process and a possible conviction.