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The Office adopted a formal Brady Policy detailing requirements for prosecutors in disclosing potentially exculpatory evidence to defense counsel. Brady Policies are recognized across the nation as a best practice to safeguard the integrity of convictions

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The Office adopted a formal Brady Policy detailing requirements for prosecutors in disclosing potentially exculpatory evidence to defense counsel. Brady Policies are recognized across the nation as a best practice to safeguard the integrity of convictions, prevent false imprisonment, build trust in the justice system, and uphold due process rights.

The 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brady v Maryland is the seminal case requiring prosecutors to turn evidence favorable to the accused over to the defense. Favorable evidence includes information useful for the defense in cross-examining prosecution witnesses including police officers and expert witnesses. The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office historically fulfilled that requirement on a case by case basis but lacked both a formal policy and a procedure for obtaining discoverable evidence from local law enforcement agencies.

The failure to disclose such exculpatory information has resulted in courts overturning convictions and tragic miscarriages of justice locally and nationally. Judging by the case law, prosecutors as opposed to police are responsible for the majority of the violations.

The policy articulates the Office’s “open discovery policy” requiring prosecutors to seek and turn over all requested and required non-privileged information, to resolve any questions in favor of disclosure, subjects prosecutors who fail to comply to discipline, proactively asks law enforcement agencies to provide the office with potential Brady information and creates a Brady review team to review information for disclosure.

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Main Office
PO Box 1969, 7 North Street, 1st Floor, Pittsfield, MA 01202
North Adams Office
Northern Berkshire District Court, 111 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
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Open Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Open Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

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Main Office Pittsfield (413)499-6349
North Adams Office (413)664-8032
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