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NACDL News: NACDL Welcomes Criminal Justice Reforms Adopted by New York State

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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On March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly reached agreement concerning multiple, significant pretrial criminal justice reforms as part of the state’s FY 2020 budget package. These changes will take effect in 2020. The reforms concern speedy access to trial, discovery in criminal cases, and bail and pretrial release.

NACDL has long advocated for reform in these areas. As part of New Yorkers United for Justice, a coalition of numerous leading nonprofit organizations advocating for a fairer and more humane criminal justice system in New York, NACDL and its state affiliate, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL), and others, have been working hard on the ground in recent months to help bring about meaningful improvements to New York’s criminal justice system.

“From the perspective of a criminal defense lawyer who has practiced in New York for several decades, I can confidently assert that this package of pretrial reforms is th

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