"As Manhattan District Attorney, I have the power and responsibility to set policies that minimize unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system, that reduce racial disparities and collateral consequences in low-level prosecutions, and that enable the Office and court system to preserve resources for the prosecution of serious crimes."
D.A. Vance’s Written Testimony before City Council Public Safety, Finance, and Justice System Committees FY 2021 Budget & Oversight Hearings
This is not the testimony I had prepared to deliver on March 19, nor could I have foreseen that any of us would be participating in this hearing in this manner. The coronavirus outbreak has upended our lives and the fabric of our society in ways that we are still grieving and struggling to comprehend.
D.A. Vance’s Written Testimony for City Council Committees on Criminal Justice and Justice System Oversight Hearing on “COVID-19 in City Jails and Juvenile Detention Centers”
Beyond looking at the individuals who were incarcerated prior to the virus hitting, I believe that COVID-19 demands that prosecutors think differently about pre-trial detention requests at the outset. What we are experiencing is extraordinary, and extraordinary times call for us all to be flexible, while still guided by our foundational principles of promoting safety and justice.
“Dawn Dunning, Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, Lauren Young. Meghan Hast, Joan Illuzzi. These are the eight women who changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence. These are eight women who pulled our justice system into the 21st century by declaring that rape is rape, and sexual assault is sexual assault, no matter what. Rape is rape, whether it’s committed by a stranger in a dark alley or by an intimate partner in a relationship. It’s rape, whether it’s committed by an indigent person or a man of immense power, prestige, and privilege. Rape is rape whether the survivor reports it within the next hour, within a year, or never at all. It’s rape, despite the complicated dynamics of power and consent after an assault. It’s rape even if there is no physical evidence. Even if it happened a long time ago."
D.A. Vance, Police Commissioner Shea Make Law Enforcement Announcement Regarding Homicide of Tessa Majors
"So, I want New Yorkers to note that we are recommitting today to fairness in this case because only a fair process will result in true justice for Tessa Majors."
"Boys’ Club is also one of our most active partners on the East Harlem Youth Opportunity Hub, which has served hundreds since its 2017 launch. Our Criminal Justice Investment Initiative funded the East Harlem hub and four other hubs dedicated to enhancing positive outcomes for our young people."