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.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Here in New York, the Less Is More Act has been proposed to incentivize good behavior by people on parole, reduce the number of people imprisoned for non-criminal violations, and shorten how long they can be incarcerated for crimeless missteps.
For a safer NYC, save this program: The city’s five DAs say the city must fund criminal diversion efforts
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.