The 2017 department trial of Richard Haste highlights an ambiguous and secret process by which the NYPD disciplines officers. It is the last stop for many families of civilians killed by the NYPD, but the administrative trial process lacks the transparency and impartiality of the criminal and judicial processes it mimics.
“People would say that the trial room is a kangaroo court. It’s not a real court. I disagree,” said police union attorney Stuart London in a later interview inside his Wall St. office. “I think if you make it a real courtroom, it can be a real courtroom.”
More states are getting rid of laws that automatically bump teenagers from juvenile courts when they reach a certain age, abandoning a model of punishment proven to be expensive, ineffective and not flexible enough to improve outcomes for offenders or society, a new study says.
After 18 days on a bus to the Mexican city of Reynosa, five days walking through the desert to Texas and two months living in Long Island, the fate of 18-year-old Axel Caballero of Honduras rested in the hands of an immigration judge who hovered above him inside a federal immigration courtroom in downtown Manhattan.
The elephant in the room never actually made it into the room this morning. But Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, who last year scuttled a juvenile justice reform bill over the objections of experts and the overwhelming majority of Congress, was clearly on everybody’s mind.
When I first went to Rikers Island, I did not anticipate the impact this would have on my academic and professional career. The initial trip across the city to the confines of the jail made me question my place within the justice system and how I could be an advocate for change.