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.
DA Vance Delivers Remarks at the International Association of Prosecutors Conference in Johannesburg
Today in the United States, prosecutorial independence is under attack as at few times in our nation's history. And the principal reason is not hard to discern: we have a President with very expansive views of his power, who chafes under constitutional and normative restraints, and who is himself under investigation.
Thank you, on behalf of District Attorney Vance, for holding today’s hearing and affording me the opportunity to speak with you about our Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget.
"According to Cornell University’s Worker Institute, wage theft in New York accounts for nearly $1 billion in lost wages each year and affects tens of thousands of workers – that’s close to $20 million per week."
DA Vance Announces Investment of $7.2 Million in New Yorkers Reentering Their Communities After Incarceration
"We 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."