NACDL and partners advocated for legislation to fix New York’s broken discovery laws, which allowed prosecutors to withhold important evidence from the defense until the night before trial. In April 2019, the New York State Legislature passed legislation to repeal and replace the state’s discovery statute. The new discovery statute went into effect January 1, 2020.
In 2022, NACDL worked to oppose efforts to roll back criminal discovery reform and other recent criminal justice victories in New York. On April 9, 2022, the FY 2023 New York State Budget was adopted. Unfortunately, the budget included rollbacks to several key bail and discovery reform provisions that had been enacted just a few years prior.