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Summary

Abstract:
The New York State Executive Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Records is composed of materials retained by Vincent O'Leary, a past president of the State University of New York at Albany and member of the commission. The collection provides insight into the inner workings and public exchanges of the commission members as they discussed and dealt with problems associated with the criminal justice system.
Extent:
0.66 cubic ft.
Language:
English .
Preferred citation:

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, New York State Executive Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Records, 1981-1983 . M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the New York State Executive Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Records).

Background

Scope and Content:

The collection contains information about the commission, such as hearings and minutes of meetings. Information about the criminal justice system, prison overcrowding, and news clippings are also included. The collection is composed of records retained by Vincent O'Leary, who was president of the State University of New York at Albany at the time and a member of the commission.

Related collections available in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found at the subject page for Criminal Justice and Prisons. The New York State Archives holds administrative and hearing files and research, hearing, and study files for the commission.

Biographical / Historical:

The New York State Executive Advisory Commission was established on March 19, 1981 by Governor Hugh Carey. The commission was made up of primarily private citizens, including lawyers, businessmen, and teachers. The chair of the commission was Arthur Liman. Members of the commission included: Arthur Barnes, President of the New York Urban Coalition; Richard L. Gelb, Bristol-Myers Company; Betsy Gotbaum, New York City Police Foundation; Simon P. Gourdine, Esq., National Basketball Association; Ralph Graves, Editorial Director; Thomas F. Hastings, Executive Director of Rochester Jobs, Inc.; Mrs. Ruth Hinerfeld, League of Women Voters; Alan Hruska, Esq., Cravath, Swain and Moore; Patricia M. Hynes, Esq., Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney; Salvatore R. Martoche, Esq.; Robert B. McKay, Esq., Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies; Robert M. Morgenthau, Esq., District Attorney of New York County; Archibald R. Murray, Esq., The Legal Aid Society; Vincent O'Leary, President of the State University of New York at Albany; The Honorable John F. O'Mara, Juan Ortiz, Esq.; Personnel Director for the City of New York; The Honorable Harold R. Tyler, Jr.; H. Richard Uviller, Esq., Professor of Law; Mrs. Martha Redfield Wallace; The Henry Luce Foundation, and Steven E. Landers, Esq., Secretary to the Commission.

The mission of the commission was to evaluate current problems with the criminal justice system, such as prison overcrowding, prison sentencing, parole law and practices, as well as jury selection reform. The commission's goal was also to brainstorm new and innovative approaches to fixing those problems and establish effective criminal justice strategies that would produce "real results". The commission held meetings and hearings to gather information about and discuss those issues. The commission was disbanded in 1983.

Acquisition information:
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Office of the President on behalf of Vincent O'Leary in June 1983.
Processing information:

Processed in 2005 by Tanya Beers.

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into the following series:

  1. Series 1 - Correspondence, 1981-1983
  2. Series 2 - Hearings, 1981-1982
  3. Series 3 - Reports, 1981-1982

All series are arranged alphabetically.

Physical location:
The materials are located onsite in the department.

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PREFERRED CITATION:

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, New York State Executive Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Records, 1981-1983 . M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the New York State Executive Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Records).

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