Criminal Justice

Addressing issues that impact the criminal justice system, including operations, procedure, and the rights of defendants and persons with prior criminal convictions.

The City Bar has an extensive record of commenting on and testifying about statutes, programs and policies relating to the reform of both the federal and the New York criminal justice systems. This section provides an overview of the recent reports, comments and events in this area by the City Bar, and reflects our longstanding support for legislative and other initiatives that will reduce over-incarceration, enhance the fairness of our criminal justice system, reduce racial disparities in sentencing, and, at the same time, protect public safety.

Our Criminal Justice, Community Relations and Civil Rights section addresses the intersection of criminal justice reform and civil rights.  The City Bar has worked to connect these two areas of law in order to address inequities and disparate impacts in the criminal justice system and the consequences for minority communities.  This dedicated section highlights our efforts to issue reports, conduct programs, advocate legislation and otherwise work toward achieving a fair and responsive criminal justice system. 

To explore our work in connection with this issue - including related reports, committees, news and more - click on the links on the lower left of this page under "Overview."


Policy Department Resources

Criminal Justice, Community Relations and Civil Rights section - addressing the intersection of criminal justice reform and civil rights.

Marijuana Legalization & Regulation resource page

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