Video recorded interrogations now required for serious non-drug felonies
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced legislation requiring law enforcement agencies to video record custodial interrogations with people accused of serious crimes is now in effect. The law was passed in 2017, and pertains to those charged with crimes such as homicide and violent felony 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," Cuomo said in a statement released by his office on April 3. "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." Investigators must video record interrogations of anyone accused of serious non-drug felonies. The requirement applies only to custodial interrogations at police stations, correctional facilities, prosecutor's offices, and similar holding areas. According to Cuomo's office, since 2011, New York has provided more than $4.15 million to approximately 365 police agencies and prosecutors' offices statewide for the purchase and installation of video-recording equipment. Read the full press release at governor [dot] ny [dot] gov.