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New York State Executive Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Administrative and Hearing Files

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The series consists of records of the commission which were compiled by its chief counsel and executive director, Roderick C. Lankler. The commission, commonly known as the "Liman Commission" after its chairman, Arthur L. Liman, was an advisory and fact-finding body appointed by Governor Carey to investigate prison overcrowding, jury selection reform, sentencing and parole laws and practices, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. The commission was discontinued shortly after Governor Mario M. Cuomo took office.
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4 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1976-1982
Series Number:
A3336

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of records of the commission which were compiled by its chief counsel and executive director, Roderick C. Lankler. The commission, commonly known as the "Liman Commission" after its chairman, Arthur L. Liman, was an advisory and fact-finding body appointed by Governor Carey to investigate prison overcrowding, jury selection reform, sentencing and parole laws and practices, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. The commission was discontinued shortly after Governor Cuomo took office.

The records include: draft reports and preparatory notes; hearing testimony and public meeting transcripts; general meeting memoranda and summaries; general correspondence, including letters to or from Lankler or referred to him by Arthur L. Liman; press releases and news clippings, including summaries and excerpts from commission reports and editorial commentary; vouchers and information on budgeting, commission expenditures, and space allocation; a few publicity photographs of commission members; commission mailing lists; and selected lecture notes and reference materials kept by Lankler on various prosecutorial methods and/or issues.

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Certain categories of documents are restricted pursuant to Freedom of Information Law, Sections 87.2.b (invasion of personal privacy), 87.2.e.iii (confidential sources), 87.2.g (internal communications), or other statutes.

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Processing Information

These records were weeded by State Archives staff at the time of accession. Records related to Roderick C. Lankler's service in the New York State Office of the Special Prosecutor were transferred to series 16104, Office of the Special Prosecutor Executive Files. Lankler's personal materials were discarded.

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