Manhattan’s newly sworn-in district attorney reportedly told his staff he does not intend to prosecute several crimes, including resisting arrest.
Manhattan’s newly sworn-in district attorney reportedly told his staff he does not intend to prosecute several crimes, including resisting arrest. At the same time, New York City’s newly sworn-in mayor is pledging to crack down on surging crime.
Alvin Bragg, a former federal prosecutor, sworn in as Manhattan District Attorney on Jan. 1, sent guidance to his office calling for the “decriminalization/non-procession, turnstile jumping, trespassing, resisting arrest, interfering with an arrest and prostitution.
Guidance sent out stated, the DA’s office will “not seek carceral sentence other than for homicide” or “class B violent felony in which a deadly weapon causes serious injury, domestic violence felonies” with some exceptions in “extraordinary circumstances.”
The memo sent out stated that it places to “reserve incarceration for matters involving significant harm will make us safer.”
Bragg sent a memo stressing “diversion and alternative to incarceration” in pursuing prosecutions… by not sending criminals to jail in a stunning reversal of traditional law enforcement procedures. The no-jail time exceptions are murder, a crime that involves someone’s death, or a felony. And several serious crimes, like armed robbery, are being reduced to misdemeanors, which could mean dangerous thugs will end up back on the streets without seeing the inside of a jail cell.
Even when murder is involved, Braggs says his office will limit sentences to 20 years. He refuses to seek the state-mandated “life without parole” for murderers, including terrorists, cop killers, and even serial killers.
Braggs is essentially paving the way to more and more lawlessness in New York along with an even bigger bloodbath than what New York has already seen. Making it increasingly hard for police to do their job. Jennifer Harrison, head of the crime victims advocacy group, Victims Rights NY, stated, “It’s going to be deadly, not prosecuting crime and standing with socialists, advocating to release more violent criminals with blanket release mandates, when murder rates are up, what, 45% over the past two years … is not the message that we want to be sending.”
Bragg says he is seeking “goals of safety and fairness” by focusing on “accountability, not sentence length” and claims that his reforms “will make us safer.”
Bragg’s office will largely no longer prosecute some trespass offenses, the charge of resisting arrest, fare beating, and sex work. Besides armed robbery, he also reduces charges for stealing from stores or home storage areas and drug dealing.
“These policies… reflect both the need for fundamental reforms in the criminal legal system and the need for community safety,” Bragg said in a statement.
Upon the memo’s release, The New York Police Benevolent Association (NYPNA) who is already struggling to keep morale high, released a statement on social media shortly after the memo was released, expressing serious concern in the 2022 plan.
“We continue to have serious concerns about the message these types of policies send to both police officers and criminals on the street,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said. “Police officers don’t want to be sent out to enforce laws that the district attorneys won’t prosecute. And there are already too many people who believe that they can commit crimes, resist arrest, interfering with police officers, and face zero consequences.”
Lynch added that he looks forward to “discussing these issues” with Bragg.
Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat and retired police officer who was sworn in on New Year’s Eve, also came out in a statement to say, “I am conservative for policing.” Campaigned on a platform of addressing the crime problem and bail reform issues that have outraged many residents.
Adams stated during a Tuesday press conference that he has “not communicated with the DA,” saying, “I have not looked over and analyzed exactly what he’s calling for.”
To add more insult to injury, nearly 100,000 accused criminals in New York City have been released back onto the streets due to the controversial 2019 bail reform law. Of 3,400 of them, about 4% were rearrested for a violent felony while awaiting trial.
Jennifer says Bragg is sending the wrong message to murderers, muggers, and thieves.
“You can do what you want and get away with it. There are no consequences for your actions, except for the life sentences that you handed down to victims like me that have to deal with unbearable pain, grief, and trauma from losing a loved one.”
“Start using common sense in these reforms and stop issuing blanket release mandates that are a detriment to society, and start including victims as well,” she added.