Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Criminal Justice Reform Proposals

Tina Luongo, Attorney-In-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement today responding to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to reform discovery, bail and speedy trial statutes.

“This comprehensive package of criminal justice reforms places a spotlight on the current system’s flaws and the need for strong reforms to New York’s criminal discovery, bail and speedy trial statutes. Reforming these core issues is required to end mass incarceration, avoid wrongful convictions and, for New York City, expedite the closing of Rikers Island.

We look forward to carefully reviewing each proposal and working with the Legislature and Governor to ensure that sweeping versions of each reform make the final budget come April. The Legal Aid Society lauds Governor Cuomo for introducing and prioritizing these long overdue and critical proposals.”