ALBANY, N.Y. (March 19, 2020) – The COVID-19 crisis is causing a wave of disruptions in the U.S. justice system, with state and federal courts across the country suspending trials and other legal proceedings to help contain the pandemic.

Theodore Wilson, assistant professor at the University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice, is available to discuss how the virus is impacting the courts. His areas of expertise include: court case processing; plea bargaining, case dismissals and the reduced incidence of jury trials; and the interconnected nature of court processing.


“The coronavirus requires a challenging balance of rights: the rights of the defendant to a speedy trial and a trial by a jury of their peers against the rights of courtroom actors and jury members to their health. Whatever is done for this balancing of rights must be done with a recognition that a change in one part of the criminal justice system casts ripple effects throughout the entire system.” 


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