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A Tangle of Problems Links Prison, Foster Care

Apr 13, 2009

Photo (cc) sean94110 Wanda Chambers came to understand motherhood in an unlikely setting: the solitude of a maximum-security prison. Chambers, now 41, had struggled with addiction for years; she had tried treatment


Court Limits 'Today Only' Plea Bargains

Mar 20, 2009

Plea "bargains," which are not necessarily bargains for any of the participants, are what keep the criminal justice system from collapsing under the weight of the number of cases. In


How to Fight an International Landlord

Mar 16, 2009

Photo (cc) TAPorto In late 2007, East Harlem tenant, Victor Calentre opened his rent check to find an additional bill charging several hundred dollars for unspecified repairs he knew nothing about.


The Tough Battle to Repeal Tough Drug Laws

Mar 11, 2009

Photo (cc) llimllib "This is the year to reform the Rockefeller drug laws," Gov. David Paterson has just finished saying Tuesday morning in Albany. He stands before a crowd of hundreds


Court Upholds a Hole in 'Safety Net'

Mar 02, 2009

Photo (cc) Tracy Collins A woman at an anti-eviction block party in Bergen Hill, Brooklyn The New York Court of Appeals has ended years of litigation with its recent decision that the


Trying -- Again -- to Change the Drug Laws

Feb 04, 2009

Photo (c) >Sahu. Used with permission. For decades, activists have pressed leaders in New York State to repeal laws that mandate long sentences for drug offenders. The legislature has made some


Protection for Abuse Victims

Jan 23, 2009

Metro North Owners LLC v Sonya Thorpe appears, at first, to be a typical New York City landlord-tenant case. But it has resulted in an atypical dismissal of the eviction


Going Beyond the Maximum in a Gun Case

Dec 23, 2008

Photo (cc) Josh Mason The United States Court of Appeals in New York has upheld the sentence imposed by a federal judge although it was stiffer than the guidelines recommended for


Looking Ahead to the New Year

Dec 22, 2008

  Who would have guessed that our former governor would be caught up in a prostitution scandal or that Wall Street would have crumbled so dramatically? The prominent New Yorkers we asked


A President's New York Prosecutors

Oct 24, 2008

The two top federal prosecutors in New York City soon may be pondering their next career moves, especially if voters put a Democrat in the White House. If tradition holds,

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