‘Close to Home’ has hit a few bumps in the six years since the state launched the pilot program. But a proposal to shift costs to the city is the biggest obstacle yet.
A move by the state courts to review bail decisions comes too late in the process to make a difference, defense attorneys report.
The projects supported by a new philanthropic fund composed of major foundations and big financial players don’t look shiny, new or glamorously innovative. They do, however, appear to work.
Even as defense lawyers and other advocates say that efforts to reduce the rate of pre-trial imprisonment are long overdue, they’re also expressing reservations about the de Blasio administration plan to offer non-bail supervised release.
New York is one of only two states that regularly tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Efforts to reform the system have run into opposition.
Juvenile delinquents get sent upstate because it’s supposed to be a better environment than their homes. The Department of Probation has a new idea: Fix the family instead.
A spate of deaths, starvations and other horrors are recent reminders that too many foster homes are anything but havens for endangered kids. Why does it happen? If only their caseworkers knew.
Absurdly low fees for attorneys who represent poor parents in family court aren’t just a problem for counsel: Parents who can’t find lawyers can’t get their kids out of foster care, either.
Women who are the victims of domestic violence can’t be found guilty of child neglect by family courts, a state appellate court has ruled.
Mayor Giuliani’s bitter downsizing of Legal Aid’s criminal defense practice has had a surprising consequence: New York has a new wave of lawyers who add social work to their motions and pleas.