NY Courts Cut Time Between Arrest and Arraignment

In a recent New York Times article,  it has been cited that the average time it takes to bring a defendant before a judge for arraignment fell last year to below 24 hours in all five boroughs. This is the first time since 2001 that NY has met that 24-hour benchmark, preceding two decades before the 1991 decision by New York’s highest court to reduce the arrest-to-arraignment time in its criminal courts.

“The solution, according to many criminal justice officials, can largely be traced to a computer-tracking initiative spearheaded by Judge George A. Grasso, a former first deputy commissioner in the Police Department who was put in charge of arraignment courts in April 2012 — as well as the discovery of a cache of unused scanners that were bought to track case files.”

To read the full article, please visit The New York Times.

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