N.Y.’s parole reform imperative: The Manhattan DA and his likely successor urge Gov. Hochul to sign the Less is More Act (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr. and Alvin Bragg)
As the serving Manhattan district attorney and the current Democratic nominee for the same office, we are joining together for the first time to ask Hochul to sign this bill because we both believe in a fundamental truth: While incarceration has a role to play in public safety, we must reduce its use, especially for people accused of low-level, nonviolent conduct.
The last refuge of the criminal: Encrypted smartphones (Op-ed by Cy Vance, Jr. and Catherine De Bolle
Victims of crime simply deserve better. It is unsustainable to keep delegating encryption standards to private technology companies. Regulation is necessary — and urgently so. Solving this problem will require a delicate balance between privacy on the one hand and public safety on the other.
Why New York City is now bleeding: The causes are complex and the solutions must be, too (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.)
But in the rush to end today’s crisis, my office will not support a return to racially discriminatory “broken windows” policing strategies, which yield no reduction in violent crime. And we won’t roll back the progress we’ve made over the last decade, using the power of our discretion to massively reduce our criminal justice footprint and the inequities that underlie unnecessary prosecutions.
Now, with a deadly wave of gun violence ravaging cities across America, and an unprecedented surge of suicides plaguing a pandemic-stricken nation, President Biden and Vice-President Harris should use their substantial power to tackle this emergency.
The danger domestic terrorism poses to the health of our nation is undeniable at the outset of the Biden administration. But so too is the opportunity to confront white supremacist violence—and reckon with our history of racism and racist violence—if our leaders are willing to act.
True corporate transparency now: A new legislative tool will help fight fraud and terrorism, but we must go further (Op-Ed by Cyrus Vance, Jr.)
Members of Congress and advocacy groups, such as Transparency International, deserve credit for their monumental achievement on anonymous shell companies. The great thing about accomplishing so much on the year’s opening day is there’s nothing but time to achieve greater incorporation transparency in 2021.