As the single largest New York State provider of both adult and juvenile delinquency defense, The Legal Aid Society is uniquely positioned in the conversation about raising the age of criminal responsibility. Raising the Age brings New York in line with 48 other states who have recognized the differences in prosecuting and rehabilitating those between the ages of 16 and 20.
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Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society, led by Eric Garner’s mother and daughter, marched in Staten Island Thursday for release of the grand jury records. The lawyers listed a series of demands, including an end to the “unconstitutional and disparate policing of communities of color.”
The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program (NLP) will host a benefit concert featuring Brooklyn-based duo Threefifty on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street. “The Legal Aid Society is excited to partner with Threefifty,” said Seymour W. James, Jr., the Attorney-in-Chief. “The Winter Benefit is an exciting musical opportunity that connects the band and its audience with Legal Aid’s important work to combat poverty in NYC and the many clients who still need our help.”
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Seymour W. James, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, said the Davis settlement "will stop the unlawful questioning, stopping, and arresting of public housing residents for merely being on the premises."
Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice, discussed the drop in arrests on NY1's The Call. "Particularly what we see is a dramatic drop in the quality of life low-level misdemeanors that certainly have been part of the philosophy of the broken windows policing that NYPD has done so it’s—we’ve seen that and it certainly comes as, I believe, a relief to the communities of color that that policing philosophy affects," she said.
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