Prosecutorial misconduct continues to be widespread in the courts across the country. As a report from a decade ago discovered, with over 800 instances of documented prosecutorial misconduct—much of it serious with grave effects—courts, district attorneys, and bar associations “rarely hold prosecutors accountable for their misconduct. In fact, the whole system incentivizes misconduct by using ‘court wins’ to measure prosecutorial success.”
Accountability NY is a non-profit coalition of law professors and public interest groups seeking consequences for prosecutorial misconduct.
Overview of the project:
- Prosecutors have immense power in the criminal justice system and their misconduct frequently goes unnoticed.
- The only way prosecutors are held accountable in this system is through formal grievances to Grievance Committees — it is secretive and rarely results in public accountability.
- As of this episode, Accountability NY has filed 21 grievances against prosecutors in the Queens District Attorney’s Office with more coming in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island.
For more information: http://AccountabilityNY.org
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