Daily News: Free the innocent
MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

Tina Luongo pens a letter in the Daily News urging the Queens DA to join his four other NYC colleagues and establish a separate unit dedicated to reviewing suspect convictions.

NY Daily News
Free the innocent
By Tina Luongo
July 23, 2017

Manhattan: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is right to call for an independent overseer to investigate the slew of wrongful convictions emerging from the Joe Hynes-Louis Scarcella era. But also kudos to the Brooklyn district attorney and that office’s Conviction Integrity Unit for their efforts to identify and correct these erroneous convictions that have destroyed lives and upended communities. In addition to Brooklyn, dedicated conviction integrity initiatives exist at DA’s offices in the Bronx, Manhattan and, more recently, Staten Island. Queens DA Richard Brown is the only city prosecutor who does not have a sovereign department dedicated to reviewing these injustices. It’s high time for DA Brown to give up his old-fashioned approach and recognize the need for a dedicated initiative.

Tina Luongo
Attorney in charge, Criminal division
Legal Aid Society

This letter appeared in the NY Daily News.