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OP-ED: TO PREVENT WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS, THE DETAILS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

We need Governor Andrew Cuomo to follow the lead of Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and enact real reform on recorded interrogations.

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In support of Governor Cuomo’s Wrongful Conviction bill, Yusef Salaam and Fernando Bermudez have been sharing their powerful stories of being wrongfully convicted. Their horrific experiences unfortunately demonstrate the need for criminal justice reform in New York State. As two of the wrongfully charged and convicted “Central Park Five,” they know all too well the wrongful conviction rate in New York State is shameful, and action must be taken to implement meaningful change.

The failure to record interrogations and the lack of mandated best practices in identification procedures are two leading causes of wrongful convictions. Salaam and Bermudez are correct: we have a moral imperative to prevent wrongful convictions.

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