Legislation passed last year that requires police agencies in New York to video record interrogations with people accused of serious crimes is now in effect.
The new requirement, that was passed as part of a series of criminal justice reforms, took effect on April 1, the governor said Tuesday.
The video recording requirement only applies to interrogations that take place at police stations, jails, prisons, prosecutor’s offices and similar locations for people charged with serious crimes — like murder and violent sex offenses.
“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 in a statement from his office. “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.”
The governor says video recording is now available in at least one agency in every New York county. In recent years, funding has been made available to local police agencies to help pay for video recording equipment.