Thought Leadership

Councilman Lancman is a thought leader on criminal justice reform issues, authoring opinion articles in leading newspapers on wrongful convictions, broken windows policing, racial disparities in marijuana enforcement, bail reform, wage theft, prosecuting domestic violence, using minors in police lineups without parental consent, and raising the age of criminal culpability. A selection of his pieces, published in news outlets across New York, are below.

New York City has long held the unfortunate distinction as the “Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World.” It is a title the city earned after years of heavy-handed enforcement of low-level marijuana possession cases, which served virtually no public safety…

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The “broken windows” policing strategy at the heart of today’s emotionally charged debate on public safety and community relations was born of a foot-patrol experiment in Newark 40 years ago that didn’t actually reduce crime rates. But it did reduce…

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In November 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city was planning to create an online bail payment system to make it easier for individuals and family members to post bail. These are individuals who a Court already deemed could…

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Last Thursday, district attorneys from four of the city’s boroughs, including Queens, moved to dismiss 645,000 summons warrants issued more than 10 years ago for low-level offenses, such as riding a bicycle on the sidewalk or violating park rules. Only…

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Every act of domestic violence has ripple effects across our City. It leads to homelessness, hospital visits, police interventions, lost jobs, and significant mental health impacts on both children and families. Sadly, domestic violence in recent years has remained stubbornly…

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For thousands of New York City workers, a hard day’s work does not always result in a fair day’s pay. The reason: wage theft. Wage theft can take the form of non-payment of wages or overtime, underpayment, misclassification or any…

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In the first six months of 2017, the NYPD stopped New Yorkers more than 30,000 times for jumping a turnstile. Of those who were stopped, nearly three-quarters were issued a civil summons for violating the MTA rules against fare evasion….

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Earlier this year, Nathaly Rodriguez found herself in a real-life nightmare. Nathaly was preparing to compete in a beauty pageant. While Nathaly chased her dreams, her ex-boyfriend from more than a decade before set out to destroy her chances to…

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An equitable and efficient justice system is the cornerstone of civil society. Now more than ever the city’s criminal and civil legal operations deserve close scrutiny and serious reform. As the Council begins its new term, I am excited to…

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We’re now more than 30 days into Donald Trump’s presidency, and it is already crystal clear that the hostile and offensive rhetoric he used toward immigrants on the campaign trail will be put into practice by his administration. It was…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewed push in his State of the State address to raise the age of criminal responsibility is a critically important component of criminal justice reform, and an opportunity to end New York’s ignominious status as one of…

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Our city deserves a bail system that not only ensures that defendants return for court appearances, but that does not punish people for their poverty, is not racially discriminatory, does not distort case outcomes and runs efficiently. We’re not there…

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