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LAS Responds to Prosecutors’ Attempt to Subvert Historic 2020 Reforms

The Legal Aid Society responded to reports in the New York Daily News that local district attorneys are already instructing fellow prosecutors and police officers on ways to work around newly enacted criminal justice reforms – bail, criminal discovery, and speedy trial – that will finally overhaul New York’s antiquated pretrial laws come January 2020.

“It is abundantly clear that there is a concerted and deliberate effort on the part of prosecutors and law enforcement to subvert the most important reforms our criminal legal system has ever seen — reforms New Yorkers overwhelmingly voted for,” said Marie Ndiaye, Supervising Attorney of the Decarceration Project at The Legal Aid Society.