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Queens Defenders Awarded Grant by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund for Youth Justice Court Expansion

Queens Defenders is pleased to announce that it has received a $16,000 grant for the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund to expand our innovative Youth Justice Court program to the St. John’s Home for Boys in Rockaway Park, a Close to Home program for young men in foster care placements.

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NYC Defenders Decry Breach of Attorney-Client Privilege in Wrongly Recorded Phone Calls in NYC Jails

(NEW YORK, NY) – Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, The Legal Aid Society, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, New York County Defender Services, and Queens Defenders issued the following joint statement in response to a report that over 1,500 protected calls between people incarcerated in at local jails and their attorneys were wrongly recorded.

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NYC Public Defenders Decry The Increase In NYC Jail Population Following The Implementation Of Rollbacks To New York State’s Bail Reform Law

As of October 6, 2020, there were 3,352 people held pretrial in local jails. This amounts to an increase of 443 people. This increase reflects even larger number of people who are admitted to New York City jails and exposed to others there, as people cycle in and out and every day.

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Queens Defenders & Queens Public Library Partner to Provide Immediate Technology Access to Parolees during COVID-19 Pandemic

QUEENS DEFENDERS & QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY have formed a partnership to equip parolees released from prison during the COVID-19 pandemic with smartphones, data plans, and other tech resources.

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NYC Public Defenders Demand At Least $1 Billion Cut to NYPD Budget

(NEW YORK, NY) – The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, New York County Defender Services, Queens Defenders, and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem sent a letter today to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council reiterating their demand that lawmakers cut at least $1 billion from the NYPD budget and redirect those funds low-income communities of color across the city.

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Joint NYC Defender Statement On NYPD Brutality

(NEW YORK, NY) – Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, The Legal Aid Society, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, Queens Defenders, and New York County Defender Services issued the following statement on New York City Police Department (NYPD) brutality.

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Last Week, the Queens Defenders Policy Speaker Series presented a discussion with Professor Steven Zeidman, Co-Director of the Second Look Project: Beyond Guilt and the Defenders Clinic at CUNY School of Law.

The Hochul administration’s plan to sweep $100M from the IOLA fund will negatively impact the poorest and most vulnerable NYers. We are united with the defense community to condemn the taking of money from IOLA and call on legislators to take action on this issue. #StopIOLAsweep

For decades, New York's racist and unjust sentencing laws have stolen loved ones from our communities and homes.

This Valentine's Day, we share stories from powerful couples that remind us that love and safety are nurtured by #CommunitiesNotCages.

We join other justice & youth organizations in Albany and across the state in calling on legislators to support the Youth Interrogation Act (S.1099/A.8923)

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