Discovery - Access to Evidence

For many decades in New York, unlike most of the rest of the country, prosecutors and police were not required to provide police reports and other crucial evidence, known as “discovery,” to people facing criminal allegations or their attorneys until the eve of trial. Instead, people were coerced to plead guilty while blindfolded to the evidence, fueling mass incarceration and wrongful convictions. In 2019, we and our allies won comprehensive discovery reform, bringing New York's discovery law from among the worst in the nation to one of the best.

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The Marshall Project Article: “Blindfold” Off: New York Overhauls Pretrial Evidence Rules

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New York Times Article: Defendants Kept in the Dark About Evidence, Until It's Too Late

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New York Times Article: Once as Pro Prosecution as Any Red State, New York Makes a Big Shift on Trials