Major new criminal justice reforms are coming to New York in January. They prevent judges from setting bail on people accused of misdemeanors and non violent felonies. As we've heard in parts 1 and 2 from WNYC's Beth Fertig, New York City already has an alternative to bail called supervised release - and it's about to expand substantially. Beth spoke with WNYC's Richard Hake about the resources it'll take to support defendants outside of jail.
NY Gets Ready for Bail Reform, Part 2
Prosecutors and politicians have been sounding off about New York's new bail laws, which go into effect on January first. They worry too many people accused of serious crimes will be able to reoffend because judges can no longer set bail on most of them. In the second of a two-part series, WNYC’s Beth Fertig explores whether these fears are valid.
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State Lawmakers Seek to Ban Virginity Exams
New York Assembly member and to revoke the medical license of any doctor who claims to perform this type of hymen examination.
"Virginity testing is unscientific, it has no clinical basis, it's medically unnecessary, it's often painful and humiliating and traumatic to the girls," Solages told WNYC. "And it's also a form of sexual assault."
Repping the Shy, Quiet Black Girls Who Love to Read
"I could have drawn these people to look like themselves, but instead I chose to draw a kid character dressing up as these famous people," Vashti Harrison told WNYC's cultural critic Rebecca Carroll about the latest in her series of books celebrating leaders in America and around the world, . Harrison, who has a background in film and animation, said she wants the stories and images in her books to inspire its young readers. "I like the idea of dress-up. I like the idea of pretend. I want them to be able to see a little bit of themselves reflected in these people," she said.
Exceptional Black Men comes after Harrison's two previous books, .
"Leland Melvin was not the first African-American man in space, but I thought it was important to share his story because he was inspired by Arthur Ashe," said Harrison. "I made room for people who were inspired, to show kids that you can take inspiration from these people and do something with it."
The series is also personally important to Harrison, who grew up loving books and reading even though she didn't see herself reflected in many of those books or other forms of media. "I never felt like I fit into a particular category or version of blackness," she said. "I'd watch a lot of shows and read books, and there was often this kind of bold, sassy, funny black girl." Through her books, Harrison can now change that. "I feel great that I get to showcase that some of us are shy and like to read books, and spend quiet time in the corner."