Discovery Reform

 NACDL worked with state partners in support of discovery reform in New York. 

New Yorkers United for Justice (NYUJ), of which NACDL is a member, along with a diverse coalition engaged in a campaign 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 and NYUJ 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. NYUJ released a statement expressing deep disappointment in the bail and discovery reform rollbacks that were included in the budget, calling on lawmakers and government officials to renew their commitment to eliminating mass incarceration and addressing racial and economic disparities in the legal system. Read NYUJ's analysis of the Budget's impact on bail, discovery, and other criminal justice reforms for more information.

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