Seymour W. James, Jr., the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, denounced the tragic death of Eric Garner and called for policing reforms.
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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has approved a Private Settlement Agreement in a lawsuit on behalf of a class of blind and severely visually impaired prisoners at two correctional facilities run by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). The agreement requires DOCCS to provide assistance and assistive devices to meet the needs of legally blind and severely visually impaired prisoners, and contains more than 100 substantive terms addressing nearly all aspects of prison life that implicate a prisoner’s visual impairment.
In one of the largest settlements to be paid by the City in recent years over a lawsuit alleging violence against an inmate, the City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to the family of Ronald Spear, whose death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. Mr. Spear's family was represented by Jonathan S. Chasan, a Supervising Attorney of the Prisoners' Rights Project, and Jonathan S. Abady, of the firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady.
Immigration Courts in New York and the rest of the country are swamped with immigrant children fleeing domestic violence, substance abuse and rape, Maria Navarro, Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society, told the New York Law Journal.
Today's New York Times carries an editorial on the brutality in New York City jails. The editorial cites the newest Legal Aid case , Nunez v. City of New York, filed by our Prisoners' Rights Project, which charges that the Department of Correction created a culture of violence by failing to discipline officers cited in brutality complaints — and then promoting them to deputy wardens, wardens or department administrators. The 12 plaintiffs have suffered fractured faces, ribs, jaws, wrists and noses; severe concussions leading to neurological damage; and internal injuries.