Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

January 13, 2016

“I commend Governor Cuomo on his bold agenda for our state, and in particular, the priority he has placed on criminal justice initiatives that will benefit New Yorkers of all ages, backgrounds, and education levels. The future success of New York State is directly tied to that of its citizens, which does not—and must not—exclude those incarcerated at city and state prisons. Many of these individuals will eventually reenter the community and require every practical opportunity to lead safe, productive lives, which is why my Office recently partnered with the Governor’s Office to fund a $7.5 million initiative to offer educational programming at state prisons. In order to improve public safety and enhance fairness in criminal justice, constructive change in the way we address these issues is necessary to help individuals avoid—and more importantly, stay out of—our prison system. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, as well as elected officials and other key stakeholders across the state, today represents an important step in the right direction.”