D.A. Vance Urges Cities to Reinvest in Communities of Color in Amsterdam News Op-Ed

July 10, 2020

D.A.’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative Offers Model for Large-Scale Reinvestment

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. this week called upon cities across America that are divesting from police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and numerous other Black men and women to prioritize direct reinvestment in communities of color as a key component of antiracist criminal justice reform.

In an Amsterdam News op-ed titled Community Reinvestment, D.A. Vance emphasized that the long-term, transformative change this moment of nationwide racial trauma demands must include continued attentive listening to our communities of color and a new vision for community reinvestment – namely, one where grassroots organizations based in communities of color harmed by police violence and unnecessary incarceration receive the bulk of funds divested from police.

D.A. Vance noted that our Office’s groundbreaking Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) offers an effective, large-scale model for municipal leaders considering community reinvestment options. Since its launch in 2016, CJII has provided financial backing to 50 community-grounded organizations whose innovative work supports youth, families, survivors of crime, and reentering New Yorkers.

“We believed – and still believe – that community reinvestment provided the best opportunity to build healthier communities, and in turn, reduce both crime and justice system involvement,” D.A. Vance explained.

The op-ed can be viewed in full here. More information about CJII is available here.