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.

Every October, our nation comes together to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made, and acknowledge difficult truths in order to move forward — particularly here in New York…

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Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s hero, Sir Robert Peel, who founded London’s police force, enumerated nine fundamentals of policing that Bratton says he carries with him everywhere, the first being: “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent…

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The Eric Garner tragedy re-presents not merely the New York Police Department’s operational failure to stamp out the use of chokeholds during arrests 21 years after the NYPD patrol guide banned the technique, but our legal system’s failure to effectively…

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It’s time for New York state to make a confession of its town: innocent people don’t confess to crimes they didn’t commit unless they are coerced, and a confession to a crime one didn’t commit ought never be a bar…

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True police reform cannot be done with policies alone; it takes great police officers, too. In recent years, New York City has implemented a neighborhood policing strategy that focuses on building trust and improving communication between police and the communities…

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In June, community members gathered at meetings for Community Board 13 and the 105th Precinct Community Council to raise their concerns about police officers using 16- and 17-year-olds as “fillers” in police lineups without first receiving consent from the minor’s…

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For more than four decades, Choices Women’s Medical Center has provided critical health care services to Queens residents. Choices is a woman-owned and operated medical facility that offers a wide range of services, including prenatal care, birth control, testing for…

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It is an unfortunate truth in New York City today: violations of employment law and workers’ rights are a serious and widespread problem affecting low-wage workers. Read the full article here >>>

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There are many ways that Queens gets the short end of the stick when it comes to city funding, and the allocation of resources to the Queens District Attorney’s Office is no exception. The Queens DA’s office is home to…

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