“We have a time where we have both violence rising and incarceration, and the goal is to simultaneously reduce both,” Bragg told Fox News.
“I had a shooting on my block a month ago, I’ve had a knife to my neck, I’ve had a semi-automatic weapon to my head, I know these issues intimately. So what we are doing is not working, plain and simple and this is our path forward. This is how we reduce violent crime the most.”
On his third day in office, he sent a memo stressing “diversion and alternatives to incarceration”…such as crisis intervention programs, instead of sending some criminals to jail. The no-jail time exceptions are murder, a crime that involves someone’s death, or a felony. And several serious crimes, such as some cases of armed robbery, are being reduced to misdemeanors. He also vows to limit sentences to 20 年份, even for 谋杀 convictions.
Bragg’s office will also largely no longer prosecute some trespass offenses, the charge of resisting arrest, subway and bus fare beating and sex work. He is also reducing charges for stealing from stores or from home storage areas, and drug dealing.
Bragg says it is time for a fresh, new approach to the country’s 刑事 justice system that is failing the most vulnerable. He says the system needs to focus on mental health 和 substance abuse, which he notes are often the causes of repeat offenders.
“We have to address those drivers of that conduct, and that is going to make us safer,” Bragg says “We have to do more on guns and sexual assaults, that is where we should be spending our time.”
警察 unions and crime victims’ advocates have blasted the new policies, accusing Bragg of adopting policies that will only encourage criminality.
“There are already too many people who believe that they can commit crimes, resist arrest, interfere with police officers and face zero consequences,” says Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.
“Bragg gives criminals the roadmap to freedom from prosecution and control of our streets,” says the head of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association, 纽约警察工会说曼哈顿 DA Bragg 有胆量. “In Bragg’s Manhattan, you can resist arrest, deal drugs, obstruct arrests, and even carry a gun and get away with it.”
“He’s paving the way for an even bigger bloodbath than what we have seen in New York City already,” says Jennifer Harrison, head of the crime victims advocacy group, Victims Rights New York.