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Agency: Greene County Jail Among 'Worst' in NY, WNYT, Feb. 14, 2018

NY Court Allows Consideration of Private Facebook Posts, Courthouse News, Feb. 13, 2018

All Americans Should Have a Right to Counsel, The Hill, Feb. 12, 2018

Judge Says New York’s Bail Law Treats Poor Unfairly, NY Times, Feb. 11, 2018

NYC Blacks, Hispanics Hit Hardest by Misdemeanor Arrests: Study, Crime Report, Feb. 7, 2018

Provide Legal Counsel at Public Expense for When Physical Liberty Is at Stake, ABA House Urges, ABA J., Feb. 5, 2018


NYSDA Weighs in on Criminal Justice Reform Legislation and Executive Budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo included several important criminal justice issues in the legislation accompanying the 2018-2019 Executive Budget, following up on his State of the State address and press release about his "five-pronged package" to address cash bail, discovery, speedy trial, and asset forfeiture and enhance the re-entry of incarcerated clients. NYSDA presented testimony at the legislative Public Protection budget hearing on Jan. 30, 2018, seeking funding for the Public Defense Backup Center and Veterans Defense Program at last year's levels and applauding the Governor's recognition of the need for pretrial justice reform. At the same time, NYSDA offered strong suggestions about improving the proposals regarding bail, discovery, and speedy trial law. The written testimony is available here. The budget hearings are/will be archived here.

Donate to the Jonathan E. Gradess Peace & Justice Fund! In tribute to NYSDA’s former Executive Director, the Board of Directors created the Jonathan E. Gradess Peace & Justice Fund, upon his retirement in August 2017. Please honor Jonathan’s extraordinary accomplishments and support NYSDA during our 50th Anniversary year by becoming a Justice Donor. Please support our cutting edge work that is not otherwise funded. Go to today. Thank you!


Save the Date! Families Matter: Enhancing Parental Representation in New York, April 20-21, 2018, in Albany. Book your hotel room now; conference rate at the Hilton Garden Inn (Albany Medical Center) is $125 until March 2, 2018. Call 1-877-782-9444 with the special code “NYSDA.” Details and registration for this jointly-sponsored conference will be available soon. For questions, contact NYSDA Family Court Staff Attorney Lucy McCarthy (518-465-3524 ext. 24,

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