Read the Senate’s Draft Compromise on Bail Reform
New York Focus obtained and analyzed a proposal presented by Senate leadership to the chamber’s Democratic caucus.
Kathy Hochul Is Ready to Spend Millions on New Police Surveillance
New York state legislators have just days to question phone hacking, forensics, and fusion centers before the budget passes.
Loopholes Hobble Hochul’s Proposal on Conviction-Based Housing Discrimination, Critics Charge
Advocates organizing for similar laws say loopholes in Hochul’s proposal make it “virtually meaningless,” and are encouraging the governor to withdraw the measure.
Parole Reform Squabble Has Left Hundreds Sitting in New York Jails
New York’s prison agency is interpreting key provisions of a landmark parole reform law to keep more people locked up. A lead sponsor of the legislation calls it “appalling.”
Eric Adams’s Gun Violence Plan Looks a Lot Like Bill de Blasio’s
Many have described the New York City mayor’s “blueprint” to address gun crime as occupying a novel middle ground. But it mostly copies the policies of his predecessor and relies heavily on tough-on-crime tactics.
Biden Is Fine With Mass Civilian Death
The hoarding of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves is a striking example of the administration’s capacity for brutality.
‘They Didn’t Test Anybody’: Jails Across New York Administer Alarmingly Few Tests During Omicron Surge
During the first eight weeks of omicron, only one jail system administered enough tests to screen every incarcerated person even once, a New York Focus analysis found. Most didn’t come close to that rate.
More Kids and Overwhelmingly Black: New Records Show Concerning Trends in DC Gang Database
The D.C. Council wants answers about the Metropolitan Police Department’s growing, secretive gang database.
The US Military Is Bulldozing Sacred Indigenous Sites on Guam
Indigenous residents are fighting to save their island’s heritage, while the military refuses to release key information about what it is razing.
‘Rage Induced Policing’: Hacked Documents Reveal DC Police’s Aggressive Robbery Crackdowns
Internal emails and their attachments show that a roving Metropolitan Police Department unit attempted to suppress robberies in 2012 and 2013 by stopping and frisking and surveilling residents of Black neighborhoods.