As Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance, Jr. has made the advancement of criminal justice reform part of the mission of the District Attorney's Office, right alongside our centuries-old founding mission of public safety.
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Testimony for City Council Committee on the Justice System Oversight: Hearing on “Preparing for the Implementation of Bail, Speedy Trial, and Discovery Reform”
Thank you for having this hearing on what it will take to prepare for the implementation of the Criminal Justice Reforms. It is important to have this discussion to adequately prepare for the sweeping changes that will take effect January 1st.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today called upon New York lawmakers to immediately pass S. 1931/A. 4987 and “seize the opportunity in this session to abolish felony disenfranchisement, an anti-democratic practice rooted in white supremacy.”
(By Cy Vance) For the first time in a decade, a clear path exists for New York State lawmakers to end the Jim Crow-era injustice preventing thousands of their fellow citizens from accessing the ballot box.
"It really is no different from him to come up and to seek out to kill black men than a radical Islamist to come to a place to seek out, to kill, men and women who weren't of their faith," Vance said.
One woman described being touched inappropriately and threatened that child welfare authorities would be called to take her kids away if she complained. Another said she was so traumatized by a strip search she couldn't go back.
The guards “blocked exits, surrounded visitors on all sides, forcibly removed visitors’ clothing, including underwear,” the charges said.
Monday May 6
DA Vance joins The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and The Center for Court Innovation for a dynamic discussion of the evolving roles of the criminal justice system.