New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
Legislative inquiry – Recommendations on prison system
Background: A county legislature asked a not-for-profit entity to help develop solutions to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated locally and make specific recommendations to the legislature regarding reducing the size of the current jail population. The inquiring full-time judge who presides in criminal cases ask if he may participate.
Opinion: The Committee concluded that a full-time judge who presides in criminal cases may participate in an interview with a not-for-profit entity retained by the county legislature to make recommendations concerning jail overcrowding, subject generally applicable limitations on judicial speech and conduct.