17 Eastern District of New York Employees and Two Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Receive 2022 and 2023 Attorney General Awards
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced today the formation of the Office’s Conviction Integrity Committee and the Office’s process to receive, evaluate, and review claims of wrongful convictions. In October 2022, Mr. Peace appointed Assistant United States Attorney Kayla Bensing to the newly created position of Conviction Integrity Coordinator to formalize the Office’s conviction integrity process and collaborate with our law enforcement partners who are undertaking similar efforts to ensure the integrity of all convictions.
“It is critical to this Office’s law enforcement mission and our sacred responsibility to seek justice and uphold the public trust that, whenever there is reason to doubt the integrity of conviction, we move quickly to evaluate the prosecution and take the necessary steps to achieve a just result,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “From my first day as U.S. Attorney, it has been my priority to pursue justice and protect the civil rights of everyone in our community, without bias and with compassion, and I am confident that the measures announced today will help accomplish that goal.”
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is committed to maintaining rigorous internal processes in investigating and prosecuting cases as well as assisting state and local partners in maintaining the integrity of our justice system.
If you have an inquiry related to the integrity of a conviction, please email USANYE-Convictionintegrity@usdoj.gov. Please provide the information requested here. Please note that decisions as to whether and how to investigate a claim are made in the U.S. Attorney’s discretion and are not reviewable by any court. There is no timeframe by which claims presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be resolved, but the Office will make every effort to expedite the resolution of each inquiry.
Danielle Blustein Hass
United States Attorney’s Office