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Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee is devoted to improving the quality, fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in New York and nationally. The Committee is comprised of representatives from various aspects of the criminal justice system, including state and federal prosecutors, public and private defense attorneys, current and former Commissioners of various law enforcement agencies, professors and judges. It advances its agenda through educating the profession on developments and current issues in the criminal law and criminal justice system, proposing and/or advocating for legislation and policy initiatives, and coordinating with other committees on issues that intersect with the criminal law. It also periodically involves itself in active, ongoing cases through amicus briefing. Through its activities, the Committee strives to be an important voice in the leading issues and debates that shape our criminal justice system.

Recent Reports

Report on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal, the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015 (March 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Grand Jury

Report on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal regarding Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility (March 2015)  ( PDF format )
Subject area: Raising the Age

Letter to Department of Justice re: Requested Revision to Title 9 of the United States Attorneys’ Manual (December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Sentencing Enhancements

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.