NYPD: Stop Evicting Families
Christa Douaihy, supervising attorney in our Civil Action Practice, published the following piece in The Huffington Post about the NYPD’s use of obscure laws to facilitate the eviction of families from their homes without basic fairness or due process.
The Movement for Black Lives has, among many things, created a renewed sense of urgency for policy makers to address our broken criminal justice system. Decades of discriminatory policing, criminalization of low-income communities, record levels of incarceration, and unequal access to attorneys are finally getting the attention they deserve. This increased scrutiny may – though it remains largely to be seen – jumpstart much-needed reform. Less talked about, however, is how the criminalization of communities of color has found its way into the civil courts. A recent investigation by ProPublica and The Daily News exposed one particularly egregious example: the use of obscure laws to facilitate the eviction of families from their homes without basic fairness or due process.
Read the original article in The Huffington Post.