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Last month I wrote a somewhat sarcastic post called “Commissioner Bratton Is Off His Damn Rocker,” where I criticized Bratton’s statement about how “cop haters” who post videos of cops arresting to social media were making officers’ jobs needlessly difficult. I suggested that he take a vacation to clear his head. But after reading this […]

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Medical negligence is a huge problem at Rikers Island and New York City Council members are finally acknowledging it. At a criminal justice and Department of Health City Council hearing on Tuesday, council members slammed the private medical provider, Corizon, for its treatment of inmates at Rikers. The Observer reports: “‘The allegations that have mounted […]

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The NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices are sabotaging mental health. A new study, published Thursday, surveyed men aged 18 to 26 (mostly black and Hispanic, as they are statistically most likely to be stopped by the police) in 37 neighborhoods (mostly those where stop-and-frisks are most common). It revealed that those who have been stopped by the police “had elevated […]

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Today, City Hall will announce the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, a new panel that the de Blasio administration hopes will reduce the rate of incarceration among mentally ill people in NYC. The Times has de Blasio’s statement: “For far too long, our city’s jails have acted as de facto mental health facilities,” Mr. de […]

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