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November 19, 2020 | New York Daily News

The cruelty of parole in New York Click For More

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.

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September 25, 2020 | New York Daily News

For a safer NYC, save this program: The city’s five DAs say the city must fund criminal diversion efforts Click For More

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.

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August 24, 2020 | New York Daily News

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.) Click For More

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.

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July 10, 2020 | Amsterdam News

Community Reinvestment (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.) Click For More

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.

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June 2, 2020 | NEW YORK TIMES

Don’t Bar Ex-Offenders From Coronavirus Aid Funds (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.) Click For More

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.

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March 12, 2020 | New York Daily News

On parole violations, less is more: Three DAs urge reform to stop sending people back to prison Click For More

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.


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