Criminal Justice Investment Initiative

District Attorney Vance established the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) to invest millions of dollars seized in our prosecutions against major banks in large-scale efforts to strengthen communities, prevent crime and accelerate reform in the justice system.

Working with the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance – CJII’s technical assistance provider – District Attorney Vance has made a series of investments in four main areas:

Youth, Family, and Communities

CJII prevents crime by supporting young people, families, and communities. Recognizing that crime and opportunity are inextricably linked, our investments are building skills and supports among young people to enhance positive development and reduce the likelihood of involvement in the justice system. These investments include:

Youth Opportunity Hubs

Our $45.9 million investment to create and construct five Youth Opportunity Hubs is a first-of-its-kind effort to knit together community-based providers and build new physical spaces for young people in underserved Manhattan neighborhoods. Meet the five organizations leading our Youth Opportunity Hubs:

Watch our video about the Youth Opportunity Hubs

Victims of Crime

CJII empowers victims of crime from historically underserved communities to access the services they need. We invest in existing programs and new approaches to serve victim communities who face significant barriers to accessing services, including: people of color, immigrants and non-native English speakers; LGBTQ individuals; individuals with disabilities; and/or individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. These investments include:

Diversion and Reentry

CJII creates alternatives to incarceration and helps formerly incarcerated New Yorkers reenter their communities in order to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. We work with community-based providers and city and state partners to make catalytic investments in criminal justice reform, including:

21st-Century Crime-Fighting

CJII invests in forward-looking efforts that improve technology and the analytic capacity of law enforcement agencies to prevent crime and increase public safety. We are proud to invest: