Legal aid society

As the number of eviction cases rises, a shortage of attorneys is forcing an increasing number of tenants to move forward with legal representation under a city program meant to keep New Yorkers in their homes.
Lawyers hope to end the practice and get DNA profiles expunged.
In a hearing on Monday, the borough's top prosecutor successfully petitioned a judge to overturn convictions linked to the work of three officers.
"As we struggle with gun violence, the answer is community engagement and funding for programs, not more NYPD officers," said Nefertiti Ankra-Lashley, a senior staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Community Justice Unit.
"We are now back at pre-pandemic levels of the population with housing areas that are operating with 40... sometimes more people crowded into a room, using the same facilities and breathing the same air."
The Legal Aid Society says that de Blasio’s plan for Internet upgrades in city shelters fell “woefully short”
"Although the decrease in the population was extremely positive on the macro-level, it did little to change the conditions of the confinement in the jails—the use of force rate remains unacceptably high," a new report says.
The report from Legal Aid data is consistent with others that have suggested that the new laws have had an immediate impact on housing stability.
'You're not gonna find nothing because we don't do nothing.'
A new lawsuit provides an instructive glimpse into the department's practice of community policing, revealing how officers helped escalate a routine noise complaint into a violent takedown and alleged cover-up.
Prosecutors in two boroughs say they'll launch a review of possible false arrests made by Detective Joseph Franco, a veteran NYPD officer who allegedly framed multiple New Yorkers on bogus drug charges.
New York is the first state in the country to explicitly curtail the ability of federal agents to arrest individuals in this manner.
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