Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Doctor Claims Conditions Inside Brooklyn's Federal Jail May Promote Covid-19 Spread, Instead of Stopping It

Monday, May 04, 2020

The doctor’s report was conducted as part of a lawsuit seeking the release of medically vulnerable inmates and improvements at the jail.

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Why Foreign-Born Doctors Can’t Go Straight to Work During Pandemic

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

New York City has thousands of immigrants with healthcare degrees who aren't working in their chosen professions, even now.

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New York City Sets Aside 5,000 More Hotel Rooms To Quarantine Residents

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Six-thousand rooms were already set aside for healthcare workers and homeless people. Now, those in overcrowded homes will also qualify if exposed to the coronavirus.

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Caribbean Community Mourns Godfather of Reggae Radio

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Caribbean American community in New York and beyond is mourning broadcast legend Gil Bailey, who reportedly died on Monday. 

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COVID-19 Cases Surge on Long Island, Hitting Hispanic Communities Hard

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

New York state data show black and Hispanic people are disproportionately dying from COVID-19.

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Immigrants Helping Immigrants At Two COVID-19 Testing Sites In New York City

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

A network of immigrant doctors is providing free drive-through tests in the Bronx and Queens, boroughs with high concentrations of immigrants, and where it’s hard to quarantine safely.

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Immigration Judges and Lawyers Say Their Lives Are At Risk, As NYC Court Remains Open

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Judges must still report to the immigration court at Varick Street, even though it was closed Tuesday due to a case of coronavirus.

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With Shutdown of Most Court Functions, System Struggles to Monitor Released Defendants

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

City agencies that normally monitor defendants pre-trial are hobbled by not meeting them in person. But they are supervising inmates released from Rikers Island because of the pandemic.

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Migrant Children Still Have to Attend Deportation Hearings, But Can Do So by Video

Monday, March 23, 2020

Foster agencies that work with migrant children say immigration courts should postpone most hearings given the public health emergency.

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Arguments Against Rolling Back NY’s Bail Reform Now Include Coronavirus

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Criminal justice reform advocates say lawmakers shouldn’t change the bail reform law because it would put more people in jails, which could be breeding grounds for COVID-19.

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Attorneys and Government Workers Call for Shutting Down Immigration Courts Over Virus

Monday, March 16, 2020

As courts throughout New York canceled hearings to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, those who work in the immigration courts want a more complete shutdown.

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'The Hole In The System': What Tiffany Harris’s Case Really Says About NY Bail Reform

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The victims of two assaults, allegedly by the same woman, say they could tell she had mental health problems and they don’t blame the state’s controversial new bail law.

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Attorney General Barr Announces Federal Hate Crime Charges Against Woman Accused of Slapping Orthodox Jews

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tiffany Harris, the woman accused of slapping three Jewish women in an Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood in late December, now faces federal hate crime charges.

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Guatemalan Mom to Be Reunited With Her Son in New York After Being Separated at US Border

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Guatemalan mom who's been apart from her teenage son since the end of 2017 is heading to New York so she can rejoin him.

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Supporters Of NY’s Bail Law Say Considering A Defendant’s Dangerousness is Biased

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Prominent Democrats are suggesting tweaks to the bail law are needed, to the dismay of the law’s supporters

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Trump Administration Loses Fight To Temporarily Block Public Charge Rule For Immigrants

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The Trump administration has lost its latest bid to implement a rule that would make it harder for low income immigrants to get green cards.

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New York's New Bail Law May be Amended for Hate Crimes

Monday, January 06, 2020

After a series of anti-Semitic attacks, top New York Democrats are suggesting they’ll consider changes to the controversial new bail laws.

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As New Bail Laws Take Effect, Some Defendants Walk Free But With Conditions

Thursday, January 02, 2020

We spent a morning watching arraignments at Manhattan Criminal Court to see the impact of the state’s controversial new bail laws.

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New Bail and Discovery Laws in New York

Monday, December 30, 2019

Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter, previews New York's new discovery and bail laws and whether they will lead to more defendants taking more pleas instead of pursuing trials.

Will New York’s New Criminal Justice Laws Lead to More Trials?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Prosecutors will have to share evidence with defendants much faster, once New York state’s new bail and discovery laws take effect in January. 

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