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Mayor Michael Bloomberg (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

City Plans To Handle Mentally Ill Defendants With Treatment Instead Of Prison

Citing statistics showing that people with mental health problems tend to spend extended time behind bars for lack of bail money, officials said they aimed to do better at assessing defendants’ psychiatric needs and meeting them in the least restrictive setting that’s appropriate.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: AP Photo/Mike Groll, Pool)

Unions: Cuomo Wrong On Juvenile Prisons

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cast the state’s juvenile detention system in harsh, almost Dickensian light as a violation of civil rights existing only to satisfy public employee unions.


Prison (credit: AP)

City To Reopen Jails In Brooklyn And Queens

New York City’s correction department says it plans to reopen a jail in downtown Brooklyn, but will forego plans to double its size.