“There are other ways to look at whether community policing is
having an effect, ‘although some initiatives may take time before
they bear fruit,’ said Sam Magavern, executive director of the
Partnership for the Public Good. They include looking at the number
of officers …
"Backed by the findings of a report on how judges in Erie County
issue bail, attorneys and a local legislator are pushing for
change. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to reduce the
incarcerated population as much as we can,” said Kevin
Stadelmaier, chief attorney at …
On July 19, 2018 the New York State Commission of Correction’s
Medical Review Board found that India Cumming’s death in the Erie
County Holding Center “should be ruled as a homicide due to medical
neglect” in a report issued on June 26 and made public by the
Buffalo News on …
In New York State there’s a daily average of 25,000 people in
jails. In Erie County there’s about 1,200 and about two-thirds are
being detained pretrial because they can’t post bail. The
Partnership for the Public good examined the issue. They recently
sat in on more than 200 City …
By Aaron Besecker | Published Sun, May 6, 2018
As the Buffalo Police Department gets closer to equipping officers with body-worn cameras, a local advocacy group and think tank has urged the department to engage the community before finalizing its internal policy surrounding body-camera use.
By Maki Becker | Published in The Buffalo News, April 26, 2018 |
Updated April 26, 2018 Judges impose money bail too often in
Buffalo and the use of cash bail unfairly affects poor defendants
who end up spending more time in jail simply they cannot afford to
pay up, according to a new study by the …
Following advocacy by the Open Buffalo Justice and Opportunity Coalition and Partnership for the Public Good, the Buffalo Common Council has created a Community Advisory Body on Police Oversight, as reported in the Buffalo News this week.
We recognize the disbanding of the Strike Force as a major reform. We renew our call for three additional reforms critical to better policing in the City of Buffalo: expanded and mandatory community policing, disbanding of the housing unit, and an end to arrests for marijuana possession.
“They were started to be tough on crime and we know that’s coded language for policing black and brown neighborhoods,” said Natasha Soto, a co-founder of Just Resisting, a racial and criminal justice group that promotes the empowerment of people of color.