What's happening this month at Downstate

October 25

Families and Friends of Murder Victims
Are invited to a Candlelight Remembrance Service

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 - 5 P.M.

Attendees must register the names of victims and the person representing them, by calling Vilma Torres at Safe Horizon,
(718) 508-1275.



Greenburger treatment center

Downstate is back in session after a brief summer hiatus. The first meeting of the season will feature Cheryl Roberts, Executive Director of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice.  Ms. Roberts will discuss the mission of the Greenburger Center, and their belief that the criminal justice system should support rehabilitation, not serve simply as a form of punishment.



Smartphone Encryption and the Impact on Law Enforcement

In October of 2014, Apple and Google (whose operating systems run on 96.4% of the world's smartphones) engineered their new software so that it can no longer assist law enforcement with search warrants when a device is password protected by the owner. This means that even with a search warrant, law enforcement are unable to access evidence stored on an encrypted Apple or Android device. 

See the Manhattan District Attorney's Op-Ed in the Washington Post


at The Convent of Mercy
273 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY11205-4817


Smartphone evidence is often the difference between catching offenders and letting them go free. Many perpetrators, particularly those who commit sexual offenses, take photos and videos of their acts, which are then stored on computers and smartphones.