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."
Legalize marijuana now, New York: Two district attorneys say the time has come to permit use of the substance (Op-ed by Cy Vance, Jr.)
For too long, inaction on marijuana legalization has harmed communities of color and drained the resources of public safety officials, including law enforcement and prosecutors. And if the latest polls are any indication, a strong majority of residents across the state — including from upstate and suburban communities — agree that it’s time for New York to move forward.
Independent review will help reduce the appearance that donations influence my work (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.)
In my seven years as district attorney, I've never allowed someone's wealth, power, race, or campaign contributions to influence my decisions. Over the past few days, I've learned that it's not enough for me to have confidence in my independence from donors. The people of New York deserve to be confident about it as well.