Judge Scolds NYPD on Public Drinking Citations

Brooklyn Judge Noach Dear is tired of seeing defendants brought before him on charges of drinking in public. So tired that he said he will no longer allow officers to identify alcohol by mere sight or “sniff test.” In what the NY Times calls a “highly impractical standard,” Judge Dear wants cops to prove the beverage they are citing someone for was alcohol. Continue reading “Judge Scolds NYPD on Public Drinking Citations”

NY Bail Fees For Minor Crimes Create Debtor’s Prison

In a report released last week from Human Rights Watch and profiled in the New York Times, the country learned what many within the city already knew—if you’re poor, you’re more likely to be in jail. The courts have created a situation where people are sent to jail and unable to raise even a $1,000 bond, making them a resident of Riker’s Island for a short stay, even when facing charges as minor as possession of marijuana or jumping a subway turnstile. Continue reading “NY Bail Fees For Minor Crimes Create Debtor’s Prison”