NY Daily News: Parolees, Locked Out of Housing

While reading the Daily News editorial “Cold welcome home,” about parolees flooding into the homeless shelter system (March 3), I couldn’t help but think about the hundreds of people I’ve met while organizing three-quarter house tenants across New York City.

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In Justice Today: Kim Foxx Just Released Six Years of Data — Most Prosecutors’ Offices Remain Black Boxes

Sometimes, organizers have to invest their own resources in accountability. Just last week, advocates in New York officially launched Court Watch NYC, a collaborative project created by VOCAL-NY, the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and 5 Boro Defenders. The project trains people to observe arraignments and bail hearings in New York in order to hold district attorneys accountable.

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Indypendent: The Bail Bond Blues

“Only two countries in the world allow commercial bail bond, the U.S. and the Philippines,” said Encalada-Malinowski. VOCAL-NY is campaigning for the elimination of the industry through petitions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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amNY: Key Bills for Homeless Youth

The City Council is considering a package of bills that would improve services for runaway and homeless youth — help that can make the difference between getting a solid footing for adulthood and falling back into homelessness.

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