Legal Aid keeping Albany on its toes with back-up from elected officials

The budget may be solidified, but The Legal Aid Society and some elected officials believe the work is not done. Especially when it comes to young people and the legal system.

They want to move forward despite New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul’s new budget. A group of activists are looking to push their agenda through other means.

The Legal Aid Society wants Albany legislation that addresses reform in the juvenile legal system and legislation that prohibits interrogating youth until they have counsel.

According to Legal Aid, this would “reduce collateral consequences that follow young people into adulthood by preserving the confidentiality of juvenile delinquency records and providing for their expungement; end draconian suspension practices that feed the school to prison pipeline; clarify that discriminatory hyper-surveillance is prohibited; and provide fair discovery in delinquency proceedings.”

The Legal Aid Society has backup with several elected officials introducing legislation addressing their grievances.

Introduced by New York State Sen. Jamaal Bailey and New York State Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, S2800B/A5901B would provide more protection for young people interrogated by police.

Legal Aid keeping Albany on its toes with back-up from elected officials