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Reentry Resource Center - New York

Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

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Police officers are allowed to arrest you if they have probable cause to believe that you committed an offense. "Probable cause" is defined by the U.S. Constitution as a minimum amount of evidence that a crime was committed, and that you committed it, needed to arrest you and move forward with a prosecution against you. Once you are in custody, the police must follow certain rules and procedures. These are laid out in the New York Criminal Procedure Law Sections 150 and 160.

This folder contains diversified information on prisoner's rights for the general population as well as the transgendered community. Click here for information and resources about healthcare and access to health services while incarcerated; 

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