The Buffalo Common Council approved a resolution on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in support of the Clean Slate Act (S.1553B/A.6399A), urging the New York State Legislature to end perpetual punishment for millions of New Yorkers with conviction records. Read the full press release below.
Deidre Williams | Jul 14, 2021
Noting a series of alarming incidents around the country, members
of a citizens police oversight panel that reports to the Buffalo
Common Council on Wednesday questioned Police Commissioner Byron C.
Lockwood on the steps being taken …
On May 10, advocates, organizers, and the directly impacted gathered across the state to call on state legislators to pass three critical bills to end perpetual punishment and the War on Drugs that fuel mass incarceration.
By Maki Becker | April 4, 2021 Just a few hours after Gov. Andrew
M. Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on
Thursday, an email went out to every Buffalo police officer. "Legal
update: Repeal of cannabis law," was the title of the memo.
The legalization of adult use of …
March 26, 2021
Buffalonians are speaking out against what they’re calling a flawed police reform process.
People across the city gave their opinions on Mayor Byron Brown’s recent recommendations to improve the Buffalo Police Department.
By Aaron Besecker | March 26, 2021
Mayor Byron W. Brown's draft recommendations for police reform in Buffalo released earlier this week fail to take adequate steps toward change and ignored community input, a group of activists and community groups said Friday.
By The Editorial Board | March 25, 2021 The State of New York
stands poised to overhaul the use of solitary confinement in its
prisons and jails — a practice widely recognized as inhumane,
arbitrary and counterproductive. Last week, state legislators
passed the HALT (Humane Alternatives …
By Sandra Tan | March 25, 2021
The Erie County Legislature adopted a report Thursday recommending numerous Erie County Sheriff's Office reforms to foster diversity and transparency, hold deputies accountable, and improve community outreach and policing.
At the February 10, 2021 Buffalo Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Kriner Cash announced that off-duty police “have gone” from Buffalo Public Schools and “will no longer be in our school system.” This marks the first policy victory for PPG's 2021 Community Agenda.
This campaign focuses on the passage of three bills in the New York
State Legislature: (1) legalizing marijuana and funding communities
affected by the war on drugs; (2) “Clean Slate,” which would
allow for automatic expungement of many criminal records; and (3)
In 2020, at the request of a coalition of our partners, PPG began to research the police and security presence in Buffalo Public Schools. We learned that there are three types of security personnel that interact with Buffalo Public School students.