“We want to call attention to the mayor’s inaction and silence on safe consumption spaces,” Jeremy Saunders, co-director of VOCAL-NY, told In Justice Today. “The silence has been deafening.” Saunders noted that cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia are in the process of implementing supervised injection facilities, and that it’s time New York does the same.
Betancourt said she thinks injection sites are the “next tool” the city needs to combat the opioid epidemic.
As the conversation about criminal justice reform increasingly focuses on the nation’s broken bail system, prosecutors across the country have announced new policies that purportedly aim to keep low-income people from being denied their freedom simply because they can’t afford to pay bail.
The initiative is dispatching volunteers to keep an eye on courtrooms in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Court Watch NYC is the latest local group monitoring the criminal justice system as it happens.
The number of overdose incidents in city homeless shelters spiked by 575% in the first four months of fiscal year 2018 — up to 81 from just 12 in the same time period last year, according to a City Hall report.
The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has announced charges against bail bond agent Marvin Morgan, as well as several insurance and management companies for engaging in deceptive and unlawful trade practices that preyed on vulnerable New Yorkers.
The truth is, we do not need a study. We need the mayor to act like the pragmatic progressive he claims to be and create these facilities now.