Columbia University Center for Justice

Criminal justice advocates in New York state say they hope to build on recent victories, such as the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana, to gain more reforms for members of Black and brown communities who are incarcerated at a higher rate than white New Yorkers.

Mark Lennihan / AP

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 69, will be staying at the Wende Correctional Facility a little longer.

Mark Lennihan / AP

Film producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to appear virtually before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case for an extradition proceeding Monday afternoon.

A Jamestown woman has pleaded guilty on charges she allowed her home to be used by a drug ring.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

The Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that a Buffalo man has been charged in the 2019 death of his infant son.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman who is now accused of causing a deadly accident while impaired by a drug in January.

Officers with the Rochester Police Department brutalized protesters, lawyers, and innocent bystanders during Black Lives Matter protests in September, according to a federal lawsuit filed in the United States Western New York District Court.

Orchard Park Fire Company asking for public's help

Apr 5, 2021
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The Orchard Park Fire Company is one of the busiest in Erie County. It responds to more than 2,000 calls a year. But now, the fire company is calling on the public for help.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

State prisons in New York began accepting individuals from local jails again this week. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision suspended all transfers late last year to limit the spread of COVID-19, leaving in the lurch people who are sentenced and incarcerated in county jails.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the HALT bill, limiting the use of solitary confinement to 15 days for those inmates in state prisons and county jails.

It's been a year since Daniel Prude died after Rochester police officers restrained him during a mental health arrest. He had been rendered brain-dead during the March 23 arrest and was taken off life support a week later. 

What happened to Prude reignited an already active movement for racial justice, this time focusing on mental health and policing. 

Some police officers receive crisis intervention team, or CIT, training. It's a program that’s been in place since 2004. 

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A Buffalo man has been virtually arraigned in the death of Angel Marie Cobb, 34, of Buffalo in November.

Horowitz Law

Fr. Norbert Orsolits, the priest who may have sparked the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, has died.

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Local law enforcement said a sweep of drug houses has netted some major drug dealers, but it is also a sign that dealers are moving into bigger deals and connecting directly to drug cartels for supplies.

Amherst Police

Across New York, governments sponsoring police agencies -- hundreds of them -- are completing and sending off to Albany their mandated police reform and reorganization plans. They are due by April 1.

Some plans are hundreds of pages long. The next stage is the implementation.

University at Buffalo

President Joe Biden intends to nominate three new prosecutors to run the U.S. attorney's offices in New York.

Town of Tonawanda Police

With time running down to get police reorganization plans to Albany, the Town of Tonawanda approved its 166-page package Monday night, ready to send it on to the State Division of the Budget.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Anna Howard is seeking answers for the death her son, Mikey Frears.

“I just want justice for my son,” she said.

By the account of friends and family, Frears was a physically healthy man of 27. How he ended up dead last week inside the Erie County Holding Center has Howard and other friends and family seeking answers.

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A Buffalo criminal justice system of nearly a half-century ago is going to get a close look within weeks. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns has ordered a court hearing on a request to quash convictions from a 1976 murder on Fillmore Avenue.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

More video of the June 4, 2020 shoving incident by two Buffalo Police officers of protester Martin Gugino, 75, has been publicly released.

New York State Unified Court System

There are three criminal jury trials in Western New York this week. That may seem routine, but COVID-19 has blocked most jury trials for the last year.

Buffalo Police launch online crime reporting

Mar 21, 2021
Buffalo Police Department

The Buffalo Police Department has begun a new initiative that allows residents to file a police report online, without having to call 911 and wait for an officer to respond.

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The fate of legislation that would severely limit the use of solitary confinement in New York’s prisons is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has opposed the bill in the past over what his office projected as the cost of the measure.

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Deyanna Davis faces up to 25 years in jail, as the alleged driver of a vehicle which drove over a police line during a tense George Floyd demonstration on Bailey Avenue June 1 of last year, severely injuring a state trooper.

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A Buffalo man who police say they shot after he behaved erratically and attacked an officer with a baseball bat last September is now in a psychiatric ward in Rochester, being evaluated.

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Monroe County has added 18 new positions to a mental health intervention program that assists law enforcement officers handling people in crisis and expects to have new staff on the job within 90 days, County Executive Adam Bello announced Tuesday.

Rochester Police have announced some policy changes as the department continues to look at overall reforms and changes, partly in preparation for a state-required plan to reimagine public safety, due for all municipalities, by April 1.

On Monday, RPD released policy updates in two areas -- “duty to intervene” and the use of chokeholds. (The complete documents are below)

For duty to intervene, changes include:

Spectrum News

An emotional news conference took place Sunday on the steps of Spiritus Christi Church to talk about the life of Tyshon Jones.

Albany Police Department

One day after a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo “aggressively groped” a female aide when she was summoned to the executive mansion, more state lawmakers are putting pressure on the governor to resign, or to at least step aside while the charges are investigated. The incident also has been referred to the Albany Police Department, according to the New York Times.