Effective February 1, 2018, our office no longer prosecutes the overwhelming majority of subway theft of services cases. The office released statistics pertaining to the first 18 months of the policy.
Effective August 1, 2018 our office no longer prosecutes most marijuana smoking and low-level marijuana possession. The office released statistics pertaining to the first year of the policy.
“There’s no reason a conviction for smoking or possessing marijuana should follow New Yorkers for life. I was honored to work with defense providers to seal these records and remove unnecessary obstacles to employment, housing, education, and other opportunities for hundreds of New Yorkers.”
“Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and attorneys from nonprofit and pro-bono legal-services groups, including the Legal Aid Society, collaborated for nearly a year on the petition to seal the criminal records of some marijuana offenses, such as smoking in public or possessing less than 25 grams of the drug.”
“This is the level of deterrence necessary to keep out-of-state guns from flooding our streets.”