Court Approves Significant Settlement for Disabled Prisoners
July 23, 2014

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.

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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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