"It is my view that marijuana legalization can be done safely, and it will bring us one step closer to right-sizing the criminal justice system."
Written Testimony for City Council Committees on Public Safety and the Justice System Oversight Hearing on Police Discipline and District Attorney Reports
"Chairman Richards, Chairman Lancman, and members of the Committees on Public Safety and the Justice System, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony for the City Council’s oversight hearing on police discipline and District Attorney reports."
Written Testimony by Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo for City Council Committee on Justice System Oversight Hearing on Pay Parity and Retention Rates for ADAs and Public Defenders
"To ensure justice and fairness without fear or favor, prosecutors and indigent defense agencies must be able to recruit and retain the brightest legal minds."
DA Vance Delivers Keynote Remarks at NYS Corrections and Youth Services Association Symposium in Albany, NY
"Law enforcement should firmly and finally acknowledge that when we play a role in sending someone to prison, we own some of the responsibility for what happens when they get out."
Testimony of Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief Assistant District Attorney New York City Council Committee on the Justice System “Cost of Justice”
"I thank the Committee on the Justice System for the opportunity to submit written testimony regarding the “Cost of Justice,” a topic of critical importance to promoting fairness in the criminal justice system.
As Your Honor knows, we stand here today to address the more than 3,000 open Criminal Court bench warrants for cases my Office no longer prosecutes: marijuana possession and smoking, under Penal Laws 221.10(1), a class B misdemeanor, or PL 221.05, a violation.