Prisoners' Rights Project Secures $2.75 Million Settlement For Family In The Death Of A Rikers Inmate
July 21, 2014

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.

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Legal Aid Warns That The Situation Worsens For Immigrant Children Fleeing DV, Rape And Substance Abuse
July 18, 2014

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.

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NY Times Editorial Cites Legal Aid Case Charging DOC Created A Culture Of Violence
July 18, 2014

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.

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The Legal Aid Society Denounces The Brutality Against Inmates And Will Continue To Advocate To End The Violence
July 15, 2014

The New York Times carried a story yesterday about physical abuse of prisoners at Rikers Island with interviews from several detainees who were brutally beaten by correction guards. The Legal Aid Society denounces this outrageous behavior and will continue to advocate for the rights of inmates and the end of this brutality through the efforts of our Prisoners' Rights Project.

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Legal Aid's Chief Attorney Seymour James Quoted In NYT About Study Showing Racial Disparity In Criminal Prosecutions
July 09, 2014

Legal Aid's Chief Attorney Seymour James Quoted In NYT About Study Showing Racial Disparity In Criminal Prosecutions Seymour W. James, Jr., the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, told the New York Times that a study showing that race was a major factor in criminal prosecutions in Manhattan “really confirms what we have been seeing for years” in bail hearings and sentencing. He said prosecutors should receive extensive training on how to counteract what he perceived might be their own unconscious prejudices. The two-year study was conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice.

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