Historic Legislation Establishing a New Culture of Accountability
in New York State Criminal Justice
Last Thursday June 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation overwhelming passed by the NY State Assembly and Senate establishing the New York State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct.
“Bill Bastuk, founder and chair of the non-traditional criminal justice coalition It Could Happen To You stated:
“This has been a long 8-year fight to hold prosecutors accountable for professional misconduct that steals liberty from the innocent, leaves the true criminal on the streets and costs municipalities millions in wrongful conviction settlements”.
The Commission will deter this misconduct and put an end to a system that rewards bad actors with new leading roles in the office of the District Attorney. When prosecutors violate their own rules, as in any other profession, there must be consequences. We must wipe out a system of promotions and increased pensions for those involved in wrongful convictions and prosecutions.
It Could Happen To You and the exonerees who have tirelessly walked the halls of the state capital thank the Governor, Assemblyman Nick Perry, Senator Jammel Bailey and former NY State Senator John DeFrancisco for their un-relenting leadership in bringing this eternal mission to establish the Commission to a legislative conclusion.
The Governor, State Legislature and State Supreme Court Justice should now proceed quickly to nominate their required appointments to the Commission and adequately fund the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct in 2022 State Budget. A Commission without the qualified legal staff to investigate, is a paper Commission.”
Click on the attached link to review the legislation and learn more about this bill.