Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Monday, June 11th, 2012
ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed an agreement on a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision similar to the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed last year responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12 year history of offenses. Both the Squadron legislation and today's omnibus bill would make two domestic violence offenses in five years a Class E felony crime.
Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Requires System Review and Broad Reform
Squadron: Jailing Innocent New Yorkers for Years is Unjust and Un-American
NEW YORK— In response to an October 6 article in the New Yorker, State Senator Daniel Squadron, ranker on the Senate Codes Committee, issued the following statement:
"Kalief Browder was accused of stealing a backpack in May 2010. Browder asserted his innocence and refused to plea to a lesser charge. He was held in pre-trial detention at Rikers Island for three years before prosecutors ultimately moved to dismiss his case. Any system that jails the innocent for years at a time is both unjust and un-American. Kalief Browder spent three years locked up at Rikers because the system failed him. Broad reforms to the entire system are clearly necessary, and I intend to undertake a thorough review to identify changes that can address these crucial issues. The system must work better for everyone."