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February 28, 2019

Yesterday, SCOTUS held in Garza v. Idaho that when a defendant’s lawyer does not file appeal on instruction of his client, because there is an appeal waiver in plea agreement, the defendant is to be presumed prejudiced for purposes of ineffective assistance of counsel...

December 26, 2018

We are excited to announce a new research collaboration with the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. Projects in development  include a study of the impact of  DA Larry Krasner's recently implemented (Feb 2018) charging and plea bargaining policy on ADA decision-m...

December 26, 2018

Our latest paper on guilty plea decisions of juveniles was published in Law and Human Behavior this month. We interviewed 64 youth and 56 adults who pleaded guilty to felonies in New York City about their guilty pleas and report on the differences we found between the...

August 28, 2018

On August 20, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that establishes an independent commission to investigate allegations of prosecutorial misconduct that may be raised. Read more here.

July 10, 2018

Recently the Undisclosed podcast did an episode on the obstacles to post conviction relief for individuals convicted by guilty plea. Check it out here.

May 11, 2018

Another great panel discussion on Wrongful Convictions, sponsored by the MSU Psychology Department and the Deskovic Foundation for Justice, was held at MSU on May 2. Guests were Tarika Daftary-Kapur, Ph.D., Frank Vetro, Lorenzo Johnson and Jeffrey Deskovic. More than 9...

March 13, 2018

This bill would make NY an open file discovery state. Indicate your support for the bill and read more here.

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