“Prosecutors are looking at their job differently by having a broader vision of what they can do with their offices,” said Mr. Vance. A successful crime-fighting strategy requires more than just arresting people, but investing in prevention and support, he said. “Preventing [a crime] is a far better criminal justice outcome than prosecuting a crime.”
“The Center for Trauma Innovation will address underlying trauma and promote healing and resiliency in underserved communities, helping to interrupt cycles of violence and provide crucial resources during this period of increased gun violence in New York City,” said District Attorney Vance.
“In a New York Daily News op-ed entitled For a safer NYC, save this program, the city’s five elected District Attorneys lauded Project Reset for providing thousands of New Yorkers charged with low-level offenses “the tools they need to identify and change behaviors” without entering the criminal justice system and experiencing long-lasting collateral consequences.”
In this moment of crisis when our city and justice system are contending with an unprecedented pandemic, centuries-old systemic racism and an increase in gun violence, we simply cannot afford to let this vital program end now.
“We created an Equity and Social Justice Advisory Board to give our Office’s large, diverse, legal and non-legal staff a more direct way to make policy recommendations to me and my executive team.”