New York City has an overwhelming number of arrests yet the conviction rate is very low.
"It doesn’t make any sense," Hara Robrish, a Staff Attorney in the Manhattan CDP office of The Legal Aid Society, told NBC. “How is there a law that you can actually go purchase knife at a store legally, buy it, and then walk out and suddenly it’s illegal?”
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Tina Luongo, Attorney in Charge of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice, traveled to DC to participate as the defense representative of a NYC contingent invited to the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge conference. NYC, along with 19 other jurisdiction has been selected by MacArthur to receive a planning grant to aid the City is analyzing ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers being incarcerated in City jails.
William Gibney, Director of the Special Litigation Unit in the Criminal Practice, and Seymour W. James, Attorney-in-Chief, were interviewed by CNN for separate reports on the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of two women inmates at Rikers who charged that they were raped by a correction officer.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced a proposal that, he said, will make "punishment of offenders more rational and less capricious." The New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing, an advisory panel he created in 2010, suggested changes in a report released a few months ago and Chief Judge Lippman released proposed legislation on Wednesday based on the panel’s recommendations. Seymour W. James, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, serves on the commission.
Last week, The Legal Aid Society held its 38th Annual Awards Dinner, recognizing The Servants of Justice Award Honorees - Betsy and Kenneth Plevan and The Theodore Roosevelt Award Recipients, Nancy and Frederic Poses.
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