NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s criminal justice reform proposals that will be announced in his State of the State address today:

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for putting forward these important reforms to make New York State’s criminal justice system fairer and more efficient. Bail decisions that keep low-level, nonviolent defendants locked up for being poor, endless delays in giving both defendants and victims their days in court, and keeping critical information from defense counsel until trial are the scourges of the criminal justice system — crowding our jails, making a mockery of justice, and contributing to wrongful convictions. These issues have been a focus of the Council’s Committee on Courts & Legal Services, and Governor Cuomo is setting New York State on a path for a justice system that truly works for all New Yorkers.”