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On behalf of the 2,100 town and village judges who are members of the New York State Magistrates Association, we are appalled by the openly biased and poorly supported report released on April 3 by The Fund for Modern Courts entitled, “Fines and Fees and Jail Time in New York Town and Village Justice Courts: The Unseen Violations of Constitutional and State Law.”

The report, which begins with a conclusion, then uses flawed, outdated information to support its conclusion, is part of an ongoing effort by the New York City-based Fund for Modern Courts to discredit our state’s constitutionally-supported local justice system, which serves the towns and villages of Upstate New York.

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