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NYSACDL Announces Trial Penalty Project – Your Participation Needed!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Van Ort
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NYSACDL is involved in a statewide project to investigate, expose, and address the trial penalty throughout New York State. This project is in collaboration with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and conducted with a large volunteer task force and pro bono assistance from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates. Our goal is to gather the necessary data and human stories that can propel a state-wide reform effort. The full project scope statement is online here.


Defense lawyers are uniquely situated to fully identify the reasons why people surrender their fundamental constitutional right to a trial with startling regularity, and why they also waive other valuable rights. An electronic survey soon will be distributed throughout all of New York’s 62 counties. Please watch for your opportunity to participate in this survey. The more broadly we can collect data and the stories that prove the impact of the trial penalty the greater our impact will be. Thank you!