Don’t bring back broken windows: Manhattan DA Cy Vance argues against ratcheting back up prosecutions for smaller offenses (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.)
Rather than resorting to discredited, heavy-handed approaches to the lowest-level infractions, real investments in our communities will lay the foundation for New York success stories yet to come.
After weeks of sustained, peaceful mass protest against police brutality and structural racism, America finds itself at a tipping point. The racial trauma our country is experiencing portends taking action in every facet of American life – from employment, to education, and especially to law enforcement.
Six weeks after the Paycheck Protection Program began pumping hundreds of billions of dollars in lifelines to businesses affected by shutdowns, one group of entrepreneurs remains frozen out of resources: those who have previous criminal history.
Parole should combine support with supervision, aiding people with housing, employment, training and counseling to drive down failure and help people succeed. That’s the fairest and best way to promote public safety.
As district attorneys in New York State, we support efforts to make our criminal justice system fairer. Fairness and public safety are not in conflict. When people trust the criminal justice system to treat everyone equitably, we are all safer.
"There is no reason why a conviction for a low-level offense like smoking marijuana should follow someone for life. Two weeks ago, I joined with New York’s leading public defenders to announce that, thanks to a novel class action strategy we developed, a judge has ordered the sealing of convictions for 350 people at once."