Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New Law Requiring Video Recorded Interrogations is Now in Effect

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that the law requiring law enforcement agencies to video record custodial interrogations with individuals accused of serious crimes, including homicides and violent felony sex offenses, is now in effect. The law, originally passed as part of the Governor's landmark criminal justice reforms in 2017, will help ensure the reliability of evidence that is later presented at trial and guard against false confessions.

"Recording interrogations can be critical in helping convict the guilty, free the wrongly accused and uphold faith and confidence in our criminal justice system," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud that this hard-fought reform is now in effect, bringing us one step closer to a more fair and more just New York for all."

As of April 1, law enforcement investigators are required to video record interrogations of individuals accused of most serious non-drug felonies. The requirement applies only to custodial interrogations at police stations, correctional facilities, prosecutor's offices, and similar holding areas. Failure to record interrogations in applicable cases could result in a court determining that a confession is inadmissible as evidence, according to the new law. The change to the Criminal Procedure Law was adopted by the state Legislature along with other critical reforms proposed by the Governor as part of the FY 2017-18 state budget. 

Click here for the full announcement. 

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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