The New York Civil Liberties Union has released a new report showing how commonly solitary confinement is used to punish people in New York state prisons, and is advocating for passage of the HALT Act in the upcoming legislative session.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont have announced a strategic partnership between New York and Connecticut to develop a uniform regional approach to policies on e-cigarettes and legal cannabis.
The governor has signed two more policing reform bills passed by the state Legislature last week — one requiring all New York State Police officers to wear body cameras while on patrol and another creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office.
The governor has accepted recommendations made by the state’s COVID-19 Domestic Violence Task Force in full, including making it easier for survivors to find housing, addressing the specific needs of minority populations, flexible funding, education initiatives, increasing technological outreach capabilities and more.
The ninth announced proposal that will be included in the governor’s 2020 State of the State agenda, which he will formally deliver on Jan. 8, would crack down on retailers that illegally sell untaxed cigarettes or other tobacco products in New York. Under the proposal, retailers who acquire untaxed cigarettes from other states and sell them illegally in New York could be shut down. The proposal also includes stronger penalties and fines for retailers that sell tobacco products to anyone under 21 years old.
The Legal Aid Society has publicly condemned the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision for refusing to follow recently released COVID-19 testing protocols by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specific to correctional settings.