“Over the last decade we’ve learned from those with lived experience, and from our own experience on the ground: criminally prosecuting prostitution does not make us safer, and too often, achieves the opposite result by further marginalizing vulnerable New Yorkers,” said District Attorney Vance.
Good afternoon Chair Adams and members of the Committee on Public Safety. Thank you for the invitation to speak today about my Office’s Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Budget. Over the past eleven years, I am proud to have had the opportunity to appear before the City Council on numerous occasions to discuss my Office’s contributions to public safety in Manhattan and New York City. The critical support we receive each year from the City Council and the Mayor’s Office has helped us implement a wide range of criminal justice reforms over the years and to become digital innovators.
“In this moment of unparalleled interest in the work of local prosecutors, our new Data Dashboard affirms our Office’s deep commitment to providing greater transparency and accountability to the communities we serve,” said District Attorney Vance.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Thursday will grant the public access to more than seven years worth of racial data that the top prosecutor here says has informed his approach to criminal justice reform.
From its inception, the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) rooted its investments in New York City communities most impacted by violence, and prioritized funding community-based organizations and partnerships among organizations as a core facet of its public safety investment strategy.