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Gov. Hochul signs law aimed at reducing parolee incarceration for technical violations

September 17, 2021

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News 12 Long Island

New York state is loosening its parole laws as Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation Friday aimed at keeping parolees from being incarcerated on technical violations.

Gov. Hochul signs law aimed at reducing parolee incarceration for technical violations

New Hour: A Fresh Start For Incarcerated Women With Serena Liguori

August 11, 2021

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Prison: The Hidden Sentence

Incarcerated women deserve to move forward with life. We can have a fresh start, be happy and live meaningful lives if only we know how to find the much-needed resources. Join Julia Lazareck and the Executive Director of New Hour Serena Liguori as they delve into seeing yourself in a different light, thinking healthy thoughts and moving forward.

New Hour: A Fresh Start For Incarcerated Women With Serena Liguori

The Rebirth of Institutionalism: From Mental Hospitals to the Prison Industrial Complex

July 20, 2021

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Ms. Magazine

“What we know is that jails and prisons repeatedly let women down; they do not meet mental health needs in a holistic way.”

The Rebirth of Institutionalism: From Mental Hospitals to the Prison Industrial Complex

Queens block party held for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers

July 18, 2021

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PIX 11

Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers who now own their own small businesses celebrated Sunday at a Queens block party.

Queens block party held for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers

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

June 7, 2021

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ABC7 Eyewitness News

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

Nassau jail death leads to contraband questions

May 19, 2021

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Medium

On Dec. 28, 2018, 28-year-old Kevin Rollins, an inmate at the Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow, died of a fentanyl overdose after he was found in cardiac arrest in his cell, where he was awaiting sentencing after violating the terms of his deal with Nassau’s Drug Treatment Court following a 2016 arrest.

Nassau jail death leads to contraband questions

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

May 13, 2021

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Amsterdam News

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

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

April 20, 2021

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The Gothamist

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

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

January 12, 2021

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The Lily

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’

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

January 11, 2021

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WSHU Public Radio

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

Unspoken Costs

November 1, 2020

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The Politic

Isolation, incarceration, and the prison telecommunications industry

Unspoken Costs

New Hour: Making Positive Change for Those Impacted by Incarceration

October 7, 2020

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Good Counsel Services

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.

New Hour: Making Positive Change for Those Impacted by Incarceration

Returning Citizen

September 30, 2020

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I'm Curious Podcast

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

Returning Citizen

Bus Blog: New Hour for Women and Children

September 25, 2020

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Network Lobby

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

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

September 1, 2020

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The Island Now

“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

Black Lives Matter rally focuses on imprisoned women in Nassau County

July 3, 2020

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News12 Long Island

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

Black Lives Matter rally focuses on imprisoned women in Nassau County

Racial justice advocates want Kaminsky to reinvest ‘cop money’

June 18, 2020

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LI Herald

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’

Events, celebrations planned on Long Island for Juneteenth

June 18, 2020

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News12 Long Island

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.

Events, celebrations planned on Long Island for Juneteenth

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

June 18, 2020

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Newsday

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.

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

Advocates propose housing for women released from prison

June 16, 2020

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Newsday

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.

Advocates propose housing for women released from prison

Advocates cheer 50-a reform while law enforcement urges caution

June 10, 2020

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Newsday

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

Advocates, unions spar over rule sealing police disciplinary records

June 3, 2020

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Newsday

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.

Advocates, unions spar over rule sealing police disciplinary records

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

May 27, 2020

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The Island Now

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

Advocates for Nassau jail inmates call for daily coronavirus updates

May 21, 2020

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Newsday

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.

Advocates for Nassau jail inmates call for daily coronavirus updates

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

April 24, 2020

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Newsday

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

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

Dear Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio,
We are pleased that the Governor has announced that incarcerated people in
DOCS facilities over the age of 55, having 90 days or less on their sentence, and not
guilty of a violent or sexual related crime will be released on a rolling basis.

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

Officials: Bail reform helping stem virus spread in LI jails

April 10, 2020

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Newsday

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.

Officials: Bail reform helping stem virus spread in LI jails

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

March 30, 2020

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News12 Long Island

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.

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

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

February 7, 2020

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News12 Long Island

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.

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

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

January 25, 2020

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News12 Long Island

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

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

New Hour's Executive Director, Serena Liguori

January 22, 2020

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WNHH Community Radio

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.

New Hour's Executive Director, Serena Liguori

Push To End Lifetime Prison Sentences in New York

January 14, 2020

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Spectrum News 1

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

Push To End Lifetime Prison Sentences in New York

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

December 10, 2019

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News12 Long Island

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.

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

Don't be scared of fearmongering over bail reform

December 9, 2019

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Newsday

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

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

August 23, 2019

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Twitter

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

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

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

August 21, 2019

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ABC7 Eyewitness News

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.

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

Protestors shout "Valerie Gaiter" outside Legislative Office Building

August 21, 2019

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Daily News

Protestors shout "Valerie Gaiter" outside Legislative Office Building (Video)

Protestors shout "Valerie Gaiter" outside Legislative Office Building

Advocates for Aging Prisoners Look to Force a Debate on Parole

August 20, 2019

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City Limits

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

LIers fight to find jobs after serving jail time, convictions

July 5, 2019

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Newsday

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

Opioid crisis fueling sex trafficking on Long Island, officials say

June 10, 2019

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Newsday

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

Look at parole for older inmates

May 1, 2019

Via:

Newsday

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

Brentwood nonprofit plays Santa for kids with incarcerated parents

December 22, 2018

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Newsday

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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