This year, the New York State Legistlature passed a bill (S.2412) to create the first-in-the-nation Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct. This bipartisan legislation establishes a statewide commission based on the successful New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
New York State leads the country in overturned wrongful convictions, falling only behind Texas, yet very few prosecutors have ever been held accountable. The New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions determined that more than half of New York’s wrongful convictions involved misconduct by a government actor. We have seen this firsthand in Brooklyn; cases from Kings County make up 25 percent of New York State’s wrongful convictions.
- Read our letter to Governor Cuomo here.
- Sign and share this petition urging the Governor to sign the bill.