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New Hour provides a path to life after prison for women and their families

June 7, 2021

While most 19-year-olds are just starting their adult lives, Serena Liguori was in prison.

New Hour provides a path to life after prison for women and their families

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ABC7 Eyewitness News

Nassau jail death leads to contraband questions

May 19, 2021

Nassau jail death leads to contraband questions

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Medium

Advocates rally on Mother’s Day for women behind bars and their families

May 13, 2021

Last Saturday, a coalition of advocates and lawmakers rallied on Mother’s Day weekend at a Rikers Island bus stop in Brooklyn and outside Bedford Hills prison for women in Westchester to support women and mothers behind bars and their families.

Advocates rally on Mother’s Day for women behind bars and their families

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Amsterdam News

NY Women’s Prison, Housing Mothers and Newborns, Hit By COVID-19 Outbreak

April 20, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases has spiked in recent weeks at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a women’s prison that houses inmates who are pregnant as well as a nursery program for newborns.

NY Women’s Prison, Housing Mothers and Newborns, Hit By COVID-19 Outbreak

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The Gothamist

In Lisa Montgomery, formerly incarcerated women see echoes of their own stories: ‘She never had a chance to just live’

January 12, 2021

There are few who would defend Lisa Montgomery’s actions from Dec. 16, 2004. On that day, Montgomery, then 36, drove to the home of a pregnant woman she had befriended online, Bobbie Jo Stinnet, and strangled her with a piece of rope.

In Lisa Montgomery, formerly incarcerated women see echoes of their own stories: ‘She never had a chance to just live’

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The Lily

For Police Reformers, Union President Apology Didn't Go Far Enough

January 11, 2021

fter the racial justice protests over the summer, both reformers and police unions were asked to sit at the same table and draft a plan for police reforms.

For Police Reformers, Union President Apology Didn't Go Far Enough

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WSHU Public Radio

Unspoken Costs

November 1, 2020

Isolation, incarceration, and the prison telecommunications industry

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The Politic

New Hour: Making Positive Change for Those Impacted by Incarceration

October 7, 2020

When Serena Liguori was 19 years old, she became incarcerated. During her time in prison, she quickly realized that access to health care and other services was inequitable and lacking compared to care one can get elsewhere.

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Good Counsel Services

Returning Citizen

September 30, 2020

She's out of prison after 17 years. What does freedom feel like?

Returning Citizen

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I'm Curious Podcast

Bus Blog: New Hour for Women and Children

September 25, 2020

There are no words to describe the grief of hearing keys jingling down a cell block corridor. There are no words to describe the trauma that long-term isolation can have on a body and mind.

Bus Blog: New Hour for Women and Children

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Network Lobby

New Hour, advocacy group for incarcerated Long Island women, mourns death of ex-program coordinator

September 1, 2020

“They gave me the key and now I’m free,” Miller-Hill said at the time.

New Hour, advocacy group for incarcerated Long Island women, mourns death of ex-program coordinator

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The Island Now

Black Lives Matter rally focuses on imprisoned women in Nassau County

July 3, 2020

A Black Lives Matter rally held outside of the Nassau County jail Friday shed light on bringing justice for imprisoned black and transgender women.

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News12 Long Island

Racial justice advocates want Kaminsky to reinvest ‘cop money’

June 18, 2020

Protesters joined in front of State Sen. Todd Kaminsky’s office in Rockville Centre on June 18 to demand that he refuse campaign contributions from police unions.

Racial justice advocates want Kaminsky to reinvest ‘cop money’

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LI Herald

Events, celebrations planned on Long Island for Juneteenth

June 18, 2020

Juneteenth has been celebrated for years, but there are pushes to make it an official holiday and to teach the meaning and history behind the day to those who might not be aware of it.

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News12 Long Island

Protesters: LI Senate Dems must use law enforcement contributions for reforms

June 18, 2020

Dozens of activists Thursday called on Long Island's Democratic state senators to reinvest years of campaign contributions from law enforcement into bail funds and groups protesting police brutality.

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Newsday

Advocates propose housing for women released from prison

June 16, 2020

Serena Liguori is counting on using a $50,000 grant from a California organization as seed money to help her nonprofit launch an initiative to house women after they are released from prison.

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Newsday

Advocates cheer 50-a reform while law enforcement urges caution

June 10, 2020

Long Island civil rights advocates cheered Tuesday as New York lawmakers repealed a state law considered one of the nation's strictest in shielding police disciplinary records, even as local officials cautioned that officer safety must remain a priority.

Advocates cheer 50-a reform while law enforcement urges caution

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Newsday

Advocates, unions spar over rule sealing police disciplinary records

June 3, 2020

Long Island police unions and criminal justice advocates are gearing up for a battle over 50a, the controversial regulation that prohibits the release of disciplinary records of police officers.

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Newsday

Advocates fight for release of vulnerable incarcerated people, increased testing, more accountability in Nassau County jail

May 27, 2020

Advocates for incarcerated people held an action outside the Nassau County Jail on Thursday calling for the release of vulnerable people as well as more transparency on the part of the county

Advocates fight for release of vulnerable incarcerated people, increased testing, more accountability in Nassau County jail

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The Island Now

Advocates for Nassau jail inmates call for daily coronavirus updates

May 21, 2020

Advocates for inmates at the Nassau County Correctional Center called on County Executive Laura Curran to provide daily updates on the number of coronavirus cases in the East Meadow jail and for the release of vulnerable people during a protest Thursday in Mineola.

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Newsday

Inmates' advocates call on Nassau to release the COVID-19-vulnerable

April 24, 2020

Long Island advocates for the incarcerated rallied outside the Nassau Correctional Center on Friday, calling on county officials to release inmates who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus from the East Meadow jail.

Inmates' advocates call on Nassau to release the COVID-19-vulnerable

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Newsday

Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio from the Justice for Women COVID-19 Task Force

April 21, 2020

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Justice for Women COVID-19 Taskforce

Officials: Bail reform helping stem virus spread in LI jails

April 10, 2020

New York’s controversial bail reform — and the resulting decline in the state's jail population — has helped slow the spread of the coronavirus among those behind bars locally, officials said, even as new cases have exploded elsewhere on Long Island.

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Newsday

Digital rallies call for release of select inmates to prevent virus spread

March 30, 2020

A call was made Monday to release select inmates from Long Island jails and state prisons to prevent infections within the facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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News12 Long Island

Civil rights groups: Officials engaged in 'misinformation campaign' blaming man's death on criminal justice reform

February 7, 2020

Is the state's new discovery reform to blame for the death of a witness in an MS-13 trial? A group of advocates says no, and they want an apology.

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News12 Long Island

Supporters, critics of bail reform law hold dueling rallies at Nassau courthouse

January 25, 2020

Supporters and critics of the state’s new bail reform law held dueling rallies Saturday outside the Nassau County Court in Mineola.

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News12 Long Island

New Hour's Executive Director, Serena Liguori

January 22, 2020

Listen in as the Executive Director of New Hour for Women and Children speaks about our work on Criminal Justice Insider, 103.5FM WNHH Community Radio.

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WNHH Community Radio

Push To End Lifetime Prison Sentences in New York

January 14, 2020

Around 500 activists and lawmakers packed the Million Dollar Staircase at the Capitol today calling for an end to lifetime prison sentences.

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Spectrum News 1

Rally held in Mineola to support state bail reform laws to go into effect in 2020

December 10, 2019

A rally was held in Mineola Tuesday to celebrate new bail reform laws set to go into effect in New York at the start of 2020.

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News12 Long Island

Don't be scared of fearmongering over bail reform

December 9, 2019

A desperately needed and long-overdue bail reform bill passed the State Legislature this year, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed it into law. Now, some prosecutors with the District Attorneys Association of New York are employing a campaign of fear to either change the law or delay its implementation, and keep more people in jail to await trial.

Don't be scared of fearmongering over bail reform

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Newsday

A queer Black elder died in prison last week because she was refused treatment for cancer.

August 23, 2019

Release Aging People in Prison—held a rally Wednesday to push local govt to pass a bill that allows imprisoned elders an automatic parole hearing. #SayHerName #ValerieGaiter

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Twitter

Rally held to push for bill giving elderly inmates a chance for parole

August 21, 2019

Advocates of parole reform held a rally Wednesday night following the death of a woman who had served decades in the New York state prison system.

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ABC7 Eyewitness News

Protestors shout "Valerie Gaiter" outside Legislative Office Building

August 21, 2019

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Daily News

Advocates for Aging Prisoners Look to Force a Debate on Parole

August 20, 2019

When Sammy Cabassa stepped onto the sidewalk again after 34 years in prison, he found it dizzying. The then 60-year-old was granted parole – after his 4th parole hearing in 5 years – in 2017. When he walked back into the city he left as a young man, the bright lights were hard to adjust to, after years of spending almost all of his time in dimly lit facilities.

Advocates for Aging Prisoners Look to Force a Debate on Parole

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City Limits

LIers fight to find jobs after serving jail time, convictions

July 5, 2019

In 1994, Halim Kaygisiz was sentenced to what would become a 17-year term in prison for a violent carjacking. Today, almost a decade after his release, Kaygisiz is director of health outreach services for the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County, where he helps low-income Long Islanders find services they need.

LIers fight to find jobs after serving jail time, convictions

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Newsday

Opioid crisis fueling sex trafficking on Long Island, officials say

June 10, 2019

The opioid crisis is fueling sex trafficking on Long Island, leaving addicts vulnerable to exploitation by gang members and drug dealers who increasingly view prostitution as a low-risk, high-profit activity, law-enforcement officials say.

Opioid crisis fueling sex trafficking on Long Island, officials say

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Newsday

Look at parole for older inmates

May 1, 2019

There are 288,000 people who are 50 and older in U.S. prisons, and New York is one of five states with more than 10,000 elders in prison -- a number that more than doubled since 1999 even as the state's overall prison population fell 27 percent.

Look at parole for older inmates

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Newsday

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Brentwood nonprofit plays Santa for kids with incarcerated parents

December 22, 2018

New Hour for Women and Children of Long Island, a Brentwood-based nonprofit, hosted its fourth annual holiday luncheon, where 25 families came to enjoy a large holiday meal, receive toys and make holiday crafts.

Brentwood nonprofit plays Santa for kids with incarcerated parents

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Newsday

From Gin Lane to (Visiting) The County Jail

December 1, 2018

"I was afraid if we didn't help these women, they would go back to the same environment that we sent them to jail to begin with."

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The Southampton Press

Hour Chilren's Hour Times

October 1, 2017

New Hour Flies Solo

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Hour Children

All colleges should remove this barrier

June 22, 2017

Applying to college requires providing a colossal amount of information. There’s one question that, more than most, causes many would-be students to give up: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

All colleges should remove this barrier

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Newsday

Notorious New York Prison Is Reclaimed By The Women It Once Caged

January 18, 2017

The old Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan is being turned into a hub for women’s rights.

Notorious New York Prison Is Reclaimed By The Women It Once Caged

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HuffPost

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