Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

Thomas O'Neil-White

Starting Jan. 1, cash bail and pre-trial detention will be eliminated for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies in New York State. That change has left local criminal justice reform advocates rejoicing and law enforcement officials crying foul.

Thomas O'Neil-White

The Frank E. Merriweather library held a community discussion Wednesday night on new bail reforms set to take effect in the state in January.

Making sure children have access to education

Nov 2, 2018
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the important missions of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo is to 'stand up for children'. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the agency represents more than 5,000 children each year and makes education advocacy a priority. 

Nick Lippa / WBFO

The legalization of marijuana has been a talking point for many politicians over the past few months. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes were in downtown Buffalo Friday to discuss when it may become a reality and what it would mean.

Burmese community voices concerns over city crime

Mar 11, 2015
Chris Caya/WBFO news

Members of Buffalo's Burmese community are raising concerns about a large number of unsolved crimes on the city's West Side. Dozens of new residents turned out for the Common Council's Police Oversight Committee meeting.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo is celebrating a major milestone today.  It's the 100th anniversary of the center that provides legal assistance to citizens. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visited the downtown office to explore the areas of law provided for a century.

Marie Willet answers phone calls inside the reception area of the Legal Aid at the Main-Seneca Building.  It was mid-Monday morning and the rush of calls slowed from earlier.