Farhadian Weinstein committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement her office’s policy changes. However, Farhadian Weinstein would not commit to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who rely on a police officer who is in the DA’s internal databases of officers with credibility issues.Quart has committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement his office’s policy changes, including terminating prosecutors if they do not follow office protocol.Quart supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. He would also vote to replace the head of the unit and recall the 57 Assistant District Attorneys on loan from the Manhattan DA’s office.Quart plans to end cash bail on his first day in office. He would continue the practice of requesting remand in some cases. When making release recommendations, Quart’s office would consider perceived flight risk and whether the office believes the person poses a “physical threat to an identifiable person.”Quart believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Quart does not believe that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.Quart explained that the primary way to address this issue is by reforming the NYPD, explaining that none of his interventions as DA are perfect solutions for people who are being arrested by the police. However, Quart would use his power as DA to mitigate the issue by declining to prosecute, diverting cases, and instituting a restorative justice approach.Quart explained that there are certain racialized tools the DA’s office uses that can’t be defended or redeemed that he will refuse to use, such as using conspiracy charges. Via his website, Quart has committed to decline to prosecute “low-level charges” that “largely incarcerate Black and brown New Yorkers.”Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases, explaining that she believes she can use the database “ethically.”Quart has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Orlins has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Lang’s commitment has changed over time. While she committed in February 2021 to discontinue the use of gang lists, she previously stated otherwise.Aboushi has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Farhadian Weinstein will not end the use of state conspiracy charges in prosecutions of alleged street gangs.Florence will not end the use of state conspiracy charges in prosecutions of alleged street gangs. She believes that gang conspiracy cases can be effective “when they are built surgically.”According to a survey conducted by the G.A.N.G.S. Coalition, Crotty will not end the use of state conspiracy charges in prosecutions of alleged street gangs.“I am committed to ending the practice of bringing gang conspiracy charges. They are fundamentally unfair, sweep up Black and brown kids, and do nothing to increase public safety,” Orlins said.In response to a survey conducted by the G.A.N.G.S. coalition, Lang committed to ending the use of these conspiracy charges. However, she has consistently stated that she will continue to use conspiracy charges for people accused of trafficking guns, gun violence, and sexual abuse.Aboushi previously planned to use conspiracy charges to go after Wall Street, police, and other powerful actors, yet she has recently committed to ending the use of state conspiracy charges, explaining that she understands that she has “enough tools at [her] disposal to do that without resorting to charges that are irredeemably, fundamentally flawed by racial bias.”Florence plans to individualize each case by looking at the surrounding facts and circumstances and “understand that the case is the culmination of many different things in people's lives.”Aboushi plans to offer independent “comprehensive victim services” outside the DA’s office to ensure those who need the help and resources get it and have input in the decision making process.Farhadian Weinstein would train assistant district attorneys (ADAs) to make sure they are accounting for survivorship at charging, sentencing, and conviction review. Farhadian Weinstein also stated that she would make use of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows the court to consider survivorship when making sentencing decisions.Lang would advocate for changes within the NYC Department of Correction, build coalitions with LGBTQ+ community members, hold the police accountable, decline to prosecute sex work cases involving private, consensual sex between adults, and work to expunge and seal cases prosecuted under the recently repealed Walking While Trans Ban.Florence would take this into consideration when prosecuting cases, explaining that accountability should fit the individual circumstance. Florence aims to bring “accountability to those who should be held accountable, but those who are actually being victimized shouldn't be in the system.”Bragg acknowledges that his office cannot control the Department of Correction, which runs New York City’s jails. Bragg explained that “particularly heinous incarceration conditions” can be taken into account by the prosecutor in how they resolve the matter, including charging decisions.Quart identified three ways his office would not compound violence for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. First, he would support removing predicates that have been used by the NYPD to target trans people (e.g. the walking while trans ban). Second, Quart would send fewer people to jail. Lastly, Quart would hold jail staff accountable for misconduct or violence that occurs within Manhattan jails.Orlins lifted up her sex work decriminalization policies as one way she would make sure not to compound violence for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, explaining that Black trans sex workers are some of the most targeted by the criminal legal system. Since prostitution and solicitation are still used as the pretext to stop, search and harass and arrest trans women of color, Orlins will not prosecute people who are stopped and arrested for something that her office is declining to prosecute.Aboushi believes that the best way to not compound violence for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers is to not send people to sites of violence —jail and prison—in the first place. Aboushi would also ensure her office is aware of any abusive practices within city jails and is “in line with motions being filed for those releases or use it as an opportunity to get people out.”Farhadian Weinstein did not provide specifics as to how she would handle cases that involve physical harm. She stated that she will individualize every case and increase her office’s resources to do so.Florence plans to work with survivors to come up with solutions that may or may not involve incarceration.Quart plans to focus his office’s resources on violent crimes. In many cases, Quart’s office will prioritize diversion and restorative justice above incarceration.Orlins would offer restorative justice options in cases involving harm because “punitive prison sentences don't help anyone.”Aboushi will not distinguish between violent and non-violent charges when offering restorative justice options or other alternatives to incarceration, explaining “All of my policies are without exception. We know that sometimes, those who are harmed do harm… so I don't differentiate between violent and non-violent.”Crotty did not commit to a decarceral response to program non-compliance as a matter of policy, stating that “it depends on the crime.”“I cannot make that broad of a commitment,” Farhadian Weinstein told us in an interview.Bragg would not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, or relapse. Bragg said that it depends on the situation whether his office would seek incarceration for noncompliance due to personal circumstances.Orlins would not seek incarceration for noncompliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse, or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a program.Lang committed to not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a program.Florence committed to not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a program.Aboushi would not seek incarceration for noncompliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, or relapse, explaining that “people should not be criminalized for making mistakes, for relapsing, for struggling on the road to recovery.” Aboushi also commits to not seeking incarceration for noncompliance related to other personal circumstances.Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents such as buy-and-busts and selling methadone to undercover cops. She would seek to end the practice of Operation Lucky Bag.Bragg committed to declining to prosecute any predatory or entrapping cases like Operation Lucky Bag or undercover-initiated methadone sales near methadone clinics, but he will continue to prosecute some buy-and-bust cases.Orlins committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Lang committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Florence committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Aboushi committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.“I would support the reduction of the number of offenses, but not removing it entirely for those that have committed particularly heinous acts,” Bragg said. Farhadian Weinstein committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE because she believes that “federal law should govern these practices, not city carve outs.”Quart committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Lang committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Florence committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Crotty told us in an interview that she would support this legislation “in spirit.”Aboushi committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.Quart committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.Lang committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.Florence committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.Bragg committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.Aboushi committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.When asked in an interview by Five Boro Defenders about how she would handle potential immigration consequences as DA, Crotty said she would “look at the collateral consequences in nonviolent cases,” but “when it comes to violent crime, it doesn’t matter where you’re from.”“We must take collateral consequences of a conviction, including federal immigration consequences, into account at all stages of decision making,” Farhadian Weinstein said.Quart plans to have immigration attorneys on staff and in ECAB (the unit within the DA’s office that determines whether and what charges to bring) to identify potential immigration consequences early on.Lang would hire immigration lawyers who will “ensure that the DA’s office is not serving people up to ICE based on charging decisions.”Florence will implement an office-wide policy that will move for preclusion in every case to ensure that no witness can be asked about their immigration status and “look to minimize harm through restorative justice alternatives and sentencing recommendations.”Bragg “will seek dispositions that avoid immigration consequences for all misdemeanors, and all felonies for which non-incarceratory outcomes are the presumptive outcome.” Bragg would have a default policy not to cooperate with ICE, absent certain exceptions, which would require approval from Bragg himself.Aboushi would end cooperation with ICE and hire immigration lawyers to ensure that immigration consequences are taken into account throughout a person’s case.At a forum hosted by the Jim Owles Democratic Club in August 2020, Crotty said she would not support the abolition of mandatory minimums, stating “jails exist for a reason.”Florence committed to eliminating the trial tax.Crotty committed to eliminating the trial tax.Bragg committed to eliminating the trial tax.Aboushi committed to eliminating the trial tax.Quart committed to eliminating the trial tax.Orlins committed to eliminating the trial tax.While Farhadian Weinstein wants to ensure survivors feel their needs are met, she did not commit to dismissing cross-complaint cases if neither party wants to go forward.While Lang believes “it is critically important that the District Attorney’s Office take a survivor-centered approach to domestic violence,” she did not commit to dismissing cases when the survivor requests it.Orlins committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.Florence committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.While Bragg agreed to dismissing cross-complaint cases if neither party wants to go forward, in an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Bragg indicated that he would go against an individual’s wishes if he felt they were being coerced. Aboushi committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to not automatically requesting an order of protection when the complainant specifically asks for no order of protection.Lang did not commit to not automatically requesting an order of protection when the complainant specifically asks for no order of protection.Florence did not commit to not automatically requesting an order of protection when the complainant specifically asks for no order of protection.Quart committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.Orlins committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.Aboushi committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.As of April 2021, Farhadian Weinstein is still developing her decline-to-prosecute list.Aboushi’s declination policy has evolved over time. Originally, her policy included a “presumption” of declining to prosecute certain charges. As of 3/23/21 Aboushi’s website includes a list of over 40 charges that her office will decline to prosecute, without exception. Aboushi also states that she will decline to prosecute cases if there isn’t sufficient evidence or if there are constitutional problems with the arrest.Farhadian Weinstein has not committed to never seeking life sentences, explaining that she would “reserve their use for some of the worst cases.” Farhadian Weinstein would require prosecutors to get supervisory sign off if they seek more than the minimum sentence and get sign off from the DA if they seek more than 15-20 years.Lang has not committed to never seeking life sentences. She has stated that she is “opposed to charging crimes where the mandatory sentence is life without the possibility of parole.”Florence believes that “there are rare occasions where a life sentence may be appropriate.”Crotty will not institute a sentencing cap, explaining that her office will make sentencing recommendations on a case-by-case basis.Quart would have a “rebuttable presumption” of not seeking a sentence longer than 20 years. If prosecutors want to seek above the sentencing cap, they would have to submit a memo explaining why a 20 year sentence is not sufficient.Orlins would institute a sentencing cap of 20 years and will never request above the mandatory minimum in cases where there is a mandatory minimum sentence.Bragg previously stated that life sentences “may be appropriate in certain particularly heinous cases,” but recently updated his position to oppose life sentences and cap sentences at 20 years, absent exceptional circumstances. He would institute a default policy of seeking the mandatory minimum sentence, and written supervisory approval to go beyond that.Aboushi would cap all sentences at 20 years with parole eligibility after 10 years. “I think that it's important that we end the death penalty, including death by incarceration,” Aboushi said.Crotty stated that her office would make data publicly available to the extent they can.Farhadian Weinstein committed to releasing data on requests, outcomes, recommendations and racial demographics. She will not release this data listed by the assigned attorney and is undecided as to how often she will release the data.Quart would publish data directly from the DA’s office three to four times a year, and hopes to provide data to the New York City Council so the Council can work as a check on the DA’s office.“I am committed to publishing case level anonymized data and making it demographically searchable,” Lang told us. She also shared that, while she is still figuring out the specifics, she hopes to update this data bi-monthly.Florence committed to releasing the full scope of her office’s data, including charging, bail requests and dispositions — absent attorney names — via a public dashboard.Bragg committed to releasing the full scope of his office’s data annually, and data on demographics and charges quarterly. Bragg is undecided as to whether he will release data listed by the assigned attorney.Aboushi plans to work in partnership with a community based organization “that is not beholden to [her] office and not paid or funded by [her] office” to make her office’s data publicly available on a regular basis. Aboushi’s transparency process would involve convening stakeholder meetings to review the information with community groups.“I think our better use of resources is going forward, not back,” Crotty told us in an interview. She thinks there are avenues in the law, between 440.10 and 330 motions, therefore “would leave it to the law” to do address these issues. Crotty will continue to use the current Manhattan DA’s Conviction Integrity Unit and will only review past cases if brought to her attention.Farhadian Weinstein plans to establish a Post-Conviction Justice Bureau in Manhattan, which will be responsible for conviction review, parole and clemency proceedings, conviction sealing, and excessive sentencing review.Quart believes that New York State should establish its own conviction integrity agency and proposed a bill in February 2019 that would create a statewide conviction review commission to implement a formal petition process for incarcerated people. Quart believes that the DA’s office should have a conviction integrity unit that “looks broadly, not just at cases that have gone to trial.”Lang plans to transform the DA’s Conviction Integrity Program into a Retroactive Review Unit (RRU), which will investigate post-conviction claims of innocence, explore avenues for proactive sealing and expungement, and conduct sentence reviews. Lang commits to second looks at all cases where a finding of intentional or unintentional misconduct is made.Florence plans to “revamp” the Conviction Integrity Unit to include the “review and support of clemency and pardon requests, as well as other reviews of cases for relief from long sentences that raise concerns proportionality, fairness or where the applicant is elderly or ill and no longer poses a danger to the community.” Florence will staff the unit with attorneys who have not previously worked for the Manhattan DA’s office to ensure independence.Bragg plans to replace the existing Conviction Integrity Unit with a Free The Wrongfully Convicted Unit (FWCU), which would ensure that any assistant district attorney who worked on the case previously would not have any role in the FWCU.Aboushi plans to establish a Sentence Review Unit that works with communities and defense attorneys to review convictions and release people who are incarcerated for charges her office will no longer prosecute, people who have been tortured while incarcerated including while in solitary confinement, people whose sentences exceed her office’s 20-year maximum, whose convictions were the result of prosecutorial overreach, and people who are aging and incarcerated.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Aboushi plans to build out an independent Prosecutor Accountability Unit, which will oversee prosecutors in the office “to guard against misconduct.” Farhadian Weinstein would not commit to not joining DAASNY. She says that she is open to creating and/or joining an alternative association of district attorneys.Lang has stated that she wants to “work from inside” DAASNY, and if the rest of DAASNY is an obstacle to Lang’s goals, she would withdraw.Although Florence explained that DAASNY has “not been a voice for change within the criminal justice system,” she plans to join DAASNY. If it becomes clear within her first 100 days that her values are not being embraced, Florence says that she will leave the association.In an interview with New York Focus and The Appeal, Crotty said that she would likely join DAASNY.Bragg plans to join DAASNY because he wants to “have a seat at the table.” He says that he strongly disagrees with many stances DAASNY has taken and wants to work to change DAASNY’s stances from the inside.Quart has committed to not joining DAASNY, stating that “DAASNY works to maintain the carceral status quo and there is no changing it from within.”Orlins pledged not to join DAASNY and hopes that by not joining, it will open the door for other DAs to withdraw from DAASNY.Aboushi would not join DAASNY, explaining that the association “is a mouthpiece for mass incarceration.”Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Farhadian Weinstein would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Quart would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Lang would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Florence would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Bragg would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Aboushi would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Farhadian Weinstein will continue the practice of civil asset forfeiture. She plans to work with community groups to decide how to spend the forfeiture money and will release an annual report detailing how the money is spent.“I am committed to ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture from low-income and working class people, while maintaining the use of asset forfeiture as a tool to hold big banks and financial institutions accountable,” Lang said.Florence plans to continue using asset forfeiture with corporations and white collar cases. “Using asset forfeiture against individuals in non-whitecollar cases will be extremely rare and would be limited to extreme cases,” Florence shared in a statement. Florence proposes implementing a participatory budget process to decide how to spend the asset forfeiture funds.Aboushi will never seek civil asset forfeiture against an individual. Aboushi plans to continue seeking asset forfeiture against a business, entity, or employer who has purchased property subject to forfeiture by exploiting workers. Aboushi plans to invest all proceeds from assets seized into the community to provide holistic services.Florence does not support abolishing the SNP. Florence believes that the SNP should prosecute certain cases and divert people struggling with addiction to treatment.Lang does not support abolishing the SNP. Instead, she supports “rightsizing” the office in favor of expanding diversion programs.Crotty does not support abolishing the SNP.Aboushi supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. If elected, she would vote to replace the head of the unit and recall the 57 Assistant District Attorneys assigned there by the Manhattan DA’s office: "The special narcotics prosecutor is a redundant office that targets communities of color, imposes harsher sentences, and has virtually no accountability. I will not cooperate with it or lend ADAs to that office.”Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to reducing the DA office’s budget. She also indicated to us that there’s a possibility that she would increase the size and budget of the Manhattan DA’s office in order to build out new units and bureaus within the office.Crotty did not commit to reducing the DA’s budget, explaining that once she gets into office and sees “where the dollars and cents are” there’s a chance she would request a larger budget from the City Council.Quart has committed to reducing the office’s budget by reducing the number of employees in the office, but was unable to specify an amount because he believes it will be difficult to identify budget cuts in time for next year’s City Council budget hearings. In an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Quart stated that he will likely not need a budget over $100 million.Lang intends to reduce the footprint of the district attorney's office but did not commit to reducing the budget of the office by a specific amount.Aboushi plans to achieve a 50% reduction in the DA office’s budget by reducing the number of cases the office would prosecute, and “trimming the fat,” with an eye toward the recent budget increase that was used to hire additional staff.According to Gothamist, Farhadian Weinstein said she disagreed with demands to stop using tools like Palantir’s software altogether, instead promising “to use them responsibly.”In an interview with Gothamist, Crotty said she “would need to review the cost and constitutional ramifications of the technology before considering its use going forward.”In a statement, Bragg said "I will dismantle intelligence-driven prosecution and third-party surveillance systems as they are currently used by the Manhattan DA's office” but said that he would continue their use for matters such as public corruption and white collar investigations.Orlins committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.Lang committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.Florence committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.Aboushi committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.Farhadian Weinstein has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Quart has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Orlins has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Lang will institute a policy of having prosecutors make a record in court when a judge abuses their discretion and makes an “overly harsh” pretrial decision.Florence has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Bragg committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in some cases, but would not commit to it as a matter of general policy.Aboushi has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Farhadian Weinstein explained that people shouldn’t be held “unless absolutely necessary.” When making decisions about which releases she would support, Farhadian Weinstein said that she is most concerned about flight risk and “violence.”Quart would accept motions from defense attorneys to release people who are in jail post-conviction. He would also use the bully pulpit of the DA’s office to push the Mayor and Department of Correction to release people held in pretrial detention.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Orlins would immediately release anyone held pretrial on bail, not ask for bail on any incoming cases, and consent to resentencing so that anyone serving a city sentence at Rikers Island could be released immediately.Lang committed to supporting the release of incarcerated people as soon as she gets into office if elected. Lang plans to rely on community groups to hold her accountable to ensure releases remain ongoing and consistent.While Florence committed to supporting the release of incarcerated people, explaining that “nobody should have a death sentence for COVID,” she added that “we need to be careful about making a blanket” policy because there are certain people who Florence said she isn’t sure should be released.“I will give full consideration to release requests brought by defense attorneys or community members, though this does not mean I support every request by any community member,” Bragg said.In order to ensure COVID-related releases remain consistent and ongoing, Aboushi will create an Elder and Health-Compromised Sentence Review Unit that will review sentences for people in prisons and jails age 50 or older and other medically vulnerable populations.Farhadian Weinstein explained in an interview that she has “always been for” closing Rikers and replacing it with community-based jails.“I believe the only way we’re going to shut down Rikers Island is building smaller facilities,” Quart said.Lang supports closing Rikers Island without building new jails. Orlins believes that Rikers Island should have been closed years ago and does not think that the city should be spending billions of taxpayer dollars to build new jails. Orlins explained, “As district attorney I won't have the unilateral ability to [close Rikers], but I will be able to stop sending people there.”Aboushi supports closing Rikers without building new jails. “There is no eye towards public safety with these facilities and they're inherently violent… If you build them, they will fill them and they will fill them with Black and brown people,” Aboushi said.Quart plans to achieve an 80% reduction in the pretrial jail population by declining to prosecute certain cases and looking at how his office can take jurisdiction of summonses “to make sure people are never in the courtroom in the first place.” Quart also pointed to management of mainline assistant district attorneys to make sure they implement his policies.Orlins has committed to reducing the number of people subjected to pretrial incarceration due to cases prosecuted in Manhattan by at least 80%. To achieve this reduction, Orlins plans to institute a decline-to-prosecute policy, presume that all accused people will be released pretrial, and default to seeking alternatives to incarceration and restorative justice.To achieve an 80% reduction in the jail population, Aboushi cited her proposal to replace the Early Case Assessment Bureau (the unit within the DA’s office that makes charging decisions) with an Arrest Review Unit, which would operate under the “presumption that cases need to be dismissed unless they meet a certain threshold.” However, Aboushi could not define that threshold when asked.Farhadian Weinstein will request supervision and electronic monitoring. She also suggested that the DA’s office could play a larger role in funding supervision.Orlins will request supervision in certain cases where her office determines there is no less restrictive alternative available. Orlins recognizes the issues with electronic monitoring as a problematic “intrusion of government into people's lives,” and will request electronic monitoring under rare circumstances.Florence will request supervised release and electronic monitoring. She supports the funding of a non-monetary based system, including text messaging, apps, and electronic monitoring.Crotty will continue the use of supervised release and electronic monitoring.Bragg will request supervised release and electronic monitoring in cases where his office believes there is a “risk of flight.”Aboushi will request electronic monitoring and supervision in certain cases “where restriction has to occur” and to show that release can be an option “without using cash bail or incarceration.” In an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Aboushi explained that she would not ask for pretrial supervision for people charged with misdemeanors.Quart committed to never requesting electronic monitoring under any circumstances. He will request pretrial supervision in certain cases.“As DA, I will never seek money bail,” Orlins states on her website. She is “cognizant of the overuse of remand” and would require prosecutors seeking pretrial detention to get her explicit permission.Lang has committed to not requesting bail under any circumstances. Lang would continue the practice of requesting remand and stated that she plans to revisit those cases regularly “to make sure that remand continues to be necessary.”Florence has committed to not seeking bail. This represents a shift from a statement Florence made during a candidate forum where she pledged to work towards a system that would ask bail of the wealthy who have the means to “flee.” Florence would request remand on occasion.Aboushi committed to never seeking cash bail or remand. This policy represents a shift from a previous statement that she would request remand in certain cases involving violence or harm to a person.Orlins believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Lang believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Florence believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Bragg believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Despite believing that New York State should eliminate money bail, Farhadian Weinstein still plans to request bail on cases that come before her office.Aboushi believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail. Farhadian Weinstein does not believe that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.
Lang does not believe that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.Florence does not believe that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.Crotty does not believe that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.Orlins believes that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.
Aboushi believes that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.Farhadian Weinstein stated that systemic racism in law enforcement is “woven into everything that would come on to my desk.” Farhadian Weinstein explained that “there is systemic racism that can't be reduced to individual actors,” yet later said that one way she will address this issue is by employing a diverse workforce. She also shared plans to use data to keep track of disparities in how the office treats people of color.Orlins recognizes that systemic racism in the NYPD impacts who is arrested and commits to using her discretion as DA to not move certain cases, such as those on her decline-to-prosecute list, forward after an arrest.During a candidate forum in January 2021, Lang explained that the “legacy of white supremacy” has informed disparities in the criminal legal system, and that fixing it requires declining to prosecute or diverting cases. Lang does not plan to release declination policy, and will instead make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.Florence believes that her office can handle each case “without regard to race” by holding police accountable to misconduct and tracking racial disparities after cases reach the DA’s office. Florence did not provide a plan for how she will use the data her office tracks to influence the office’s practices and policies.When asked how he thinks systemic racism in law enforcement impacts what comes onto his desk as a prosecutor and what he will do to address it, Bragg cited three main things: management, leadership, and culture change. Bragg’s website explains that he will assign prosecutors and data analysts to “track disparities and develop training and management protocols that ensure that similarly situated defendants receive equal treatment.” However, his plan fails to address the fact that the majority of people who are targeted, arrested and prosecuted are people of color.“People of color have been made to be the face of crime in the city,” Aboushi told us in an interview. Acknowledging that systemic racism in the NYPD impacts what comes onto her desk as a prosecutor, Aboushi believes that her Arrest Review Unit, which will make charging decisions, “is a really important place to balance the scales of justice. You’re not going to fix it with training.”Quart has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Lang’s commitment has changed over time. While she committed in February 2021 to discontinue the use of gang lists, she previously stated otherwise.Florence has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases. However, she still intends to prosecute gang-related charges.While Bragg believes data “can and should be used to prevent and detect criminal conduct,” he has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Aboushi has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Lang believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail. Lang supports replacing the money bail system with a system that would detain people based on how they score on a risk assessment instrument.Bragg believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail. Bragg would offer restorative justice as a model for all charges, including cases involving alleged physical harm.Lang would expand the use of restorative justice and alternatives to incarceration. On prosecuting gun violence, Lang states via her website that incarceration will remain one response, but it will “neither be the only one nor the default.”Bragg would not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, or relapse. Bragg said that it depends on the situation whether his office would seek incarceration for noncompliance due to personal circumstances.Quart committed to not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a mandated program.Orlins committed to not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a mandated program.Lang committed to not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a mandated program.Florence committed to not seek incarceration for any non-compliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a mandated program.Aboushi would not seek incarceration for noncompliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, or relapse, explaining that “people should not be criminalized for making mistakes, for relapsing, for struggling on the road to recovery.” Aboushi also commits to not seeking incarceration for noncompliance related to other personal circumstances.Quart committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Farhadian Weinstein committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE because she believes that “federal law should govern these practices, not city carve outs.”Quart committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Orlins committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Lang committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Florence committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Crotty told us in an interview that she would support this legislation “in spirit.”Aboushi committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Orlins committed to supporting legislation to remove the carveout list of 170 offenses the NYC Department of Correction uses to cooperate with ICE.Farhadian Weinstein will continue information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation and other federal agencies and cooperating with ICE when required by law. Quart committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation and other federal agencies.Orlins committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation and other federal agencies.Lang committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation and other federal agencies.Florence committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation and other federal agencies.Bragg committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation and other federal agencies. Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Farhadian Weinstein committed to eliminating the trial tax. On the flip side, Farhadian Weinstein believes that there is room for "some discount for accepting responsibility."Quart committed to eliminating the trial tax.Farhadian Weinstein supports ending mandatory minimums.Quart supports ending mandatory minimums.Orlins supports ending mandatory minimums and will also keep in mind mandatory minimums when deciding what charges to bring.Lang supports ending mandatory minimums.Bragg supports ending mandatory minimums.Aboushi supports ending mandatory minimum sentences, as well as refusing to charge offenses that carry mandatory minimums.Quart committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.Florence will not end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment.Lang will not end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment.Farhadian Weinstein will not end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment.Quart committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.Orlins committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.Bragg committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Orlins’ Case Review Unit will address old cases with a focus on “sentences that are too long, plea bargains that change after trial, criminal charges that were not preceded by an attempt at diversion,” and have the authority to step in on active cases. Orlin’s CRU will operate independently and report directly to her as DA.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Farhadian Weinstein would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Quart would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Orlins would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Lang would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Florence would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Bragg would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Aboushi would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Crotty explained that “you have to systemically listen” and implement case-by-case assessments across the board.Farhadian Weinstein did not provide specifics as to how she would handle cases that involve physical harm. She stated that she will individualize every case and increase her office’s resources to do so.
Quart has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Orlins has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Lang’s commitment has changed over time. While she committed in February 2021 to discontinue the use of gang lists, she previously stated otherwise.Florence has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases. However, she still intends to prosecute gang-related charges.While Bragg believes data “can and should be used to prevent and detect criminal conduct,” he has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases, explaining that she believes she can use the database “ethically.”Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Florence has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases. However, she still intends to prosecute gang-related charges.While Bragg believes data “can and should be used to prevent and detect criminal conduct,” he has committed to cease referencing the NYPD gang database when prosecuting cases.According to a survey conducted by the G.A.N.G.S. Coalition, Crotty will not end the use of state conspiracy charges in prosecutions of alleged street gangs.Quart has committed to ending the use of state conspiracy charges in prosecutions of alleged street gangs.“I am committed to ending the practice of bringing gang conspiracy charges. They are fundamentally unfair, sweep up Black and brown kids, and do nothing to increase public safety,” Orlins said.In response to a survey conducted by the G.A.N.G.S. coalition, Lang committed to ending the use of these conspiracy charges. However, she has consistently stated that she will continue to use conspiracy charges for people accused of trafficking guns, gun violence, and sexual abuse.In response to a survey conducted by the G.A.N.G.S. Coalition, Bragg committed to end the use of conspiracy charges to prosecute alleged street gangs. However, Bragg previously stated that he will use conspiracy laws to hold accountable “those who are highly culpable for significant, highly-coordinated misconduct,” which may include some members of alleged street gangs.Aboushi previously planned to use conspiracy charges to go after Wall Street, police, and other powerful actors, yet she has recently committed to ending the use of state conspiracy charges, explaining that she understands that she has “enough tools at [her] disposal to do that without resorting to charges that are irredeemably, fundamentally flawed by racial bias.”In response to a survey conducted by the G.A.N.G.S. Coalition, Bragg committed to end the use of conspiracy charges to prosecute alleged street gangs. However, Bragg previously stated that he will use conspiracy laws to hold accountable “those who are highly culpable for significant, highly-coordinated misconduct,” which may include some members of alleged street gangs.Quart has committed to ending the use of state conspiracy charges in prosecutions of alleged street gangs.Quart plans to take a two-pronged approach: push for legislative reform in Albany that will allow him “do less in the courtroom” and shrink the footprint of the office by changing things he can control.Farhadian Weinstein would train assistant district attorneys (ADAs) to make sure they are accounting for survivorship at charging, sentencing, and conviction review. Farhadian Weinstein also stated that she would make use of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows the court to consider survivorship when making sentencing decisions.Orlins would use the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows the court to consider survivorship when making sentencing decisions. “When we have this piece of legislation that enables us to severely undercut the mandatory minimums, we must be using it in all of those circumstances,” Orlins told us.Lang would expunge and seal convictions “for matters that we know now are a function of people's victimization,” and use the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows the court to consider survivorship when making sentencing decisions. Lang also committed to seeking clemency for women who are currently incarcerated for retaliation against their abusers. Quart plans to take a two-pronged approach: push for legislative reform in Albany that will allow him “do less in the courtroom” and shrink the footprint of the office by changing things he can control.Orlins would use the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows the court to consider survivorship when making sentencing decisions. “When we have this piece of legislation that enables us to severely undercut the mandatory minimums, we must be using it in all of those circumstances,” Orlins told us.Lang would expunge and seal convictions “for matters that we know now are a function of people's victimization,” and use the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which allows the court to consider survivorship when making sentencing decisions. Lang also committed to seeking clemency for women who are currently incarcerated for retaliation against their abusers.Bragg believes the DA can lead in expanding “alternatives to incarceration” for violent charges. Bragg also believes that there is value in forming relationships with community groups and instituting community interventions.Florence would take queerphobic violence and discrimination into consideration when prosecuting cases, explaining that accountability should fit the individual circumstance. Florence aims to bring “accountability to those who should be held accountable, but those who are actually being victimized shouldn't be in the system.”Bragg acknowledges that his office cannot control the Department of Correction, which runs New York City’s jails. Bragg explained that “particularly heinous incarceration conditions” can be taken into account by the prosecutor in how they resolve the matter, including charging decisions.Quart identified three ways his office would not compound violence for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. First, he would support removing predicates that have been used by the NYPD to target trans people (e.g. the walking while trans ban). Second, Quart would send fewer people to jail. Lastly, Quart would hold jail staff accountable for misconduct or violence that occurs within Manhattan jails.Farhadian Weinstein did not provide a plan for how her office would use its enumerated powers and discretion to not compound violence for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. She would make sure her office’s staff is diverse and advocate for humane detention conditions since part of the issue is under the purview of prison and jail authorities.Crotty did not provide a plan for how her office would use its enumerated powers and discretion to not compound violence for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. Instead, Crotty explained that it is a “Department of Correction issue in the sense that they have to create a gender neutral place for people.”Crotty would continue to address violence through incarceratory punishment. She thinks jail is a deterrent and believes that there are “bad decisions, bad acts, and bad people.” Crotty would offer alternatives to incarceration in some cases, adding “if people don’t want to take certain opportunities or use them the correct way, then jail is appropriate.”Florence plans to work with survivors to come up with solutions that may or may not involve incarceration.Quart plans to focus his office’s resources on violent crimes. In many cases, Quart’s office will prioritize diversion and restorative justice above incarceration.Orlins would offer restorative justice options in cases involving harm because “punitive prison sentences don't help anyone.”Lang would expand the use of restorative justice and "alternatives to incarceration." On prosecuting gun violence, Lang states via her website that incarceration will remain one response, but it will “neither be the only one nor the default.”Bragg would offer restorative justice as a model for all charges, including cases involving alleged physical harm.Crotty would continue to address violence through incarceratory punishment. She thinks jail is a big deterrent and believes that there are “bad decisions, bad acts, and bad people.” Crotty would offer alternatives to incarceration in some cases, adding “if people don’t want to take certain opportunities or use them the correct way, then jail is appropriate.”Quart would not seek incarceration for noncompliance resulting from mental health issues, addiction, relapse, or other personal circumstances that would prevent an individual from completing a program.Farhadian Weinstein did not commit to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents such as buy-and-busts and selling methadone to undercover cops. She would seek to end the practice of Operation Lucky Bag.Bragg committed to declining to prosecute any predatory or entrapping cases like Operation Lucky Bag or undercover-initiated methadone sales near methadone clinics, but he will continue to prosecute some buy-and-bust cases.Quart committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Orlins committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Lang committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Florence committed to declining to prosecute police-initiated incidents including buy-and-busts, selling methadone to undercover cops, and Operation Lucky Bag.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Orlins committed to not enter into any information sharing arrangements with Homeland Security Investigation or other federal agencies.“We must take collateral consequences of a conviction, including federal immigration consequences, into account at all stages of decision making,” Farhadian Weinstein said. However, Farhadian Weinstein would cooperate with ICE if required by law.Quart plans to have immigration attorneys on staff and in ECAB (the unit within the DA’s office that determines whether and what charges to bring) to identify potential immigration consequences early in a case.“I will fully staff an immigration unit so the entire onus doesn’t fall on public defenders and defense attorneys to make sure they’re complying with their Padilla obligations,” Orlins said. (Padilla is a 2010 Supreme Court decision that defense attorneys have a constitutional duty to advise non-citizens about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea.)Lang explained that she would hire immigration lawyers who will “ensure that the DA's office is not serving people up to ICE based on charging decisions.”Florence will implement an office-wide policy that will move for preclusion in every case to ensure that no witness can be asked about their immigration status and “look to minimize harm through restorative justice alternatives and sentencing recommendations.” Bragg “will seek dispositions that avoid immigration consequences for all misdemeanors, and all felonies for which non-incarceratory outcomes are the presumptive outcome.” Bragg would have a default policy not to cooperate with ICE, absent certain exceptions, which would require approval from Bragg himself.Aboushi would end cooperation with ICE and hire immigration lawyers to ensure that immigration consequences are taken into account throughout a person’s case. “I will fully staff an immigration unit so the entire onus doesn’t fall on public defenders and defense attorneys to make sure they’re complying with their Padilla obligations,” Orlins said.At a forum hosted by the Jim Owles Democratic Club in August 2020, Crotty said she would not support the abolition of mandatory minimums, stating “jails exist for a reason.”Farhadian Weinstein committed to supporting legislation to end mandatory minimums.Quart supports ending mandatory minimums.Orlins supports ending mandatory minimums and will also keep in mind mandatory minimums when deciding what charges to bring.Lang supports ending mandatory minimums.Bragg supports ending mandatory minimums.Florence supports the elimination of mandatory minimums on nonviolent felonies.Lang committed to eliminating the trial tax.Although Farhadian Weinstein stated that she wants to ensure survivors feel their needs are met, she did not commit to dismissing cross-complaint cases if neither party wants to go forward.While Lang believes “it is critically important that the District Attorney’s Office take a survivor-centered approach to domestic violence,” she did not commit to dismissing cases when the survivor requests it.Quart committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.Orlins committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.Florence committed to dismissing cross-complaint cases at the earliest possible stage if neither party wants to go forward.While Bragg agreed to dismissing cross-complaint cases if neither party wants to go forward, in an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Bragg indicated that he would go against an individual’s wishes if he felt they were being coerced.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Bragg committed to end the practice of automatically requesting orders of protection at arraignment when not explicitly requested by the complainant.Crotty has consistently stated that she will not have a declination list. “I’m not a legislator. I am a district attorney. I'm tasked with enforcing the laws, not changing laws,” Crotty said.As of April 2021, Farhadian Weinstein is still developing her decline-to-prosecute list.Quart has committed to declining to prosecute certain charges, while focusing on prosecuting economic and violent offenses. It is not clear whether there will be any exceptions to Quart’s decline-to-prosecute policy.Orlins will categorically decline to prosecute all violations and the vast majority of misdemeanors that she believes make up the “arsenal” of the city’s war on poverty, mental health, substance use disorder, homelessness, and youth. Orlins will also decline to prosecute any case where someone is stopped and arrested for something that her office is declining to prosecute.Florence will decline to prosecute “low-level offenses bearing the hallmarks of disparate policing,” such as enforcement of social distancing guidelines and theft of services, UNLESS her office believes there is a “threat to public safety.”Although Lang originally committed to releasing a public list, her stance has since changed. Lang explained that she disagrees with categorically declining to prosecute certain charges. Instead, she wants to facilitate a “warm handoff” by funneling people she won’t prosecute through other supervisory systems run by other government agencies.Crotty has consistently stated that she will not have a declination list. “I’m not a legislator. I am a district attorney. I'm tasked with enforcing the laws, not changing laws,” Crotty said.Orlins will categorically decline to prosecute all violations and the vast majority of misdemeanors that she believes make up the “arsenal” of the city’s war on poverty, mental health, substance use disorder, homelessness, and youth. Orlins will also decline to prosecute any case where someone is stopped and arrested for something that her office is declining to prosecute.Florence will decline to prosecute “low-level offenses bearing the hallmarks of disparate policing,” such as enforcement of social distancing guidelines, theft of services, marijuana possession and use, unless her office believes there is a “threat to public safety.”Via his website, Bragg has committed to declining to prosecute eight groups of charges and all violation-only charges. Although Bragg’s website says his declination policy will be applied without exception, in an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Bragg said that he would still retain the ability to bring certain charges in “unique” or “significant” cases.Quart has committed to declining to prosecute certain charges, while focusing on prosecuting economic crimes and violent crimes. It is not clear whether there will be any exceptions to Quart’s decline-to-prosecute policy.Quart would have a “rebuttable presumption” of not seeking a sentence longer than 20 years. If prosecutors want to seek above the sentencing cap, they would have to submit a memo explaining why a 20 year sentence is not sufficient.Orlins would institute a sentencing cap of 20 years and will never request above the mandatory minimum in cases where there is a mandatory minimum sentence.Bragg previously stated that life sentences “may be appropriate in certain particularly heinous cases,” but recently updated his position to oppose life sentences and cap sentences at 20 years, absent exceptional circumstances. He would institute a default policy of seeking the mandatory minimum sentence, and written supervisory approval to go beyond that.Aboushi would cap all sentences at 20 years with parole eligibility after 10 years. “I think that it's important that we end the death penalty, including death by incarceration,” Aboushi said.Crotty stated that if elected, her office would make data publicly available to the extent they can.
Farhadian Weinstein committed to releasing data on requests, outcomes, recommendations and racial demographics. She will not release this data listed by the assigned attorney and is undecided as to how often she will release the data.
Quart would publish data directly from the DA’s office three to four times a year, and hopes to provide data to the New York City Council so the Council can work as a check on the DA’s office.
Orlins will publish “user-friendly dashboards” and “make bulk data extracts and large datasets accessible for anyone.”
“I am committed to publishing case level anonymized data and making it demographically searchable,” Lang told us. She also shared that, while she is still figuring out the specifics, she hopes to update this data bi-monthly.
Florence committed to releasing the full scope of her office’s data, including charging, bail requests and dispositions—absent attorney names —via a public dashboard.
Bragg committed to releasing the full scope of his office’s data annually, and data on demographics and charges quarterly. Bragg is undecided as to whether he will release data listed by the assigned attorney.
Aboushi plans to work in partnership with a community based organization “that is not beholden to [her] office and not paid or funded by [her] office” to make her office’s data publicly available on a regular basis. Aboushi’s transparency process would involve convening stakeholder meetings to review the information with community groups.
Orlins will publish “user-friendly dashboards” and “make bulk data extracts and large datasets accessible for anyone.”Farhadian Weinstein plans to establish a Post-Conviction Justice Bureau in Manhattan, which will be responsible for conviction review, parole and clemency proceedings, conviction sealing, and excessive sentencing review. Quart believes that New York State should establish its own conviction integrity agency and proposed a bill in February 2019 that would create a statewide conviction review commission to implement a formal petition process for incarcerated people. Quart believes that the DA’s office should have a conviction integrity unit that “looks broadly, not just at cases that have gone to trial.”In addition to addressing old cases with a focus on “sentences that are too long, plea bargains that change after trial, criminal charges that were not preceded by an attempt at diversion,” Orlins’ Case Review Unit will have the authority to step in on active cases. Orlin’s CRU will operate independently and report directly to her as DA.Lang plans to transform the DA’s Conviction Integrity Program into a Retroactive Review Unit (RRU), which will investigate post-conviction claims of innocence, explore avenues for proactive sealing and expungement, and conduct sentence reviews. Lang commits to second looks at all cases where a finding of intentional or unintentional misconduct is made.Florence plans to “revamp” the Conviction Integrity Unit to include the “review and support of clemency and pardon requests, as well as other reviews of cases for relief from long sentences that raise concerns proportionality, fairness or where the applicant is elderly or ill and no longer poses a danger to the community.” Florence will staff the unit with attorneys who have not previously worked for the Manhattan DA’s office to ensure independence.
Bragg plans to replace the existing Conviction Integrity Unit with a Free The Wrongfully Convicted Unit, which would ensure that any ADA who worked on the case previously would not have any role in the FWCU.
Aboushi plans to establish a Sentence Review Unit that works with communities and defense attorneys to review convictions and release people who are incarcerated for charges her office will no longer prosecute, people who have been tortured while incarcerated including while in solitary confinement, people whose sentences exceed her office’s 20-year maximum, whose convictions were the result of prosecutorial overreach, and people who are aging and incarcerated.
Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.
Farhadian Weinstein committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement her office’s policy changes. However, Farhadian Weinstein would not commit to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who rely on a police officer who is in the DA’s internal databases of officers with credibility issues.Quart has committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement his office’s policy changes, including terminating prosecutors if they do not follow office protocol.
Orlins committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement her office’s policies. Orlins also added that she will create an anonymous text hotline for public defenders and members of the public to alert her office of instances of misconduct that they may be unaware of. Lang will establish the position of Prosecutorial Ombudsman who will create a consistent and transparent process for addressing allegations of misconduct and be responsible for investigating allegations. Lang will appoint an independent lawyer to the position.
Florence has committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement her office’s policies.
Bragg has committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement his office’s policies.
Aboushi plans to build out an independent Prosecutor Accountability Unit, which will oversee prosecutors in the office “to guard against misconduct.” Orlins committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement her office’s policies. Orlins also added that she will create an anonymous text hotline for public defenders and members of the public to alert her office of instances of misconduct that they may be unaware of.Lang will establish the position of Prosecutorial Ombudsman who will create a consistent and transparent process for addressing allegations of misconduct and be responsible for investigating allegations. Lang will appoint an independent lawyer to the position.Florence has committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement her office’s policies.Bragg has committed to pursuing disciplinary action against prosecutors who fail to implement his office’s policies.Bragg plans to join DAASNY because he wants to “have a seat at the table.” He says that he strongly disagrees with many stances DAASNY has taken and wants to work to change DAASNY’s stances from the inside.Quart has committed to not joining DAASNY, stating that “DAASNY works to maintain the carceral status quo and there is no changing it from within.”Orlins pledged not to join DAASNY and hopes that by not joining, it will open the door for other DAs to withdraw from DAASNY.
Aboushi would not join DAASNY, explaining that the association “is a mouthpiece for mass incarceration.”
Eliza Orlins, Public defender: Orlins pledged not to join DAASNY and hopes that by not joining, it will open the door for other DAs to withdraw from DAASNY.
Orlins would support legislation to end mandatory surcharges and fees in New York.Farhadian Weinstein will continue the practice of asset forfeiture, including civil asset forfeiture. She plans to work with community groups to decide how to spend the forfeiture money and will release an annual report detailing how the money is spent. “I am committed to reducing, if not eliminating, asset forfeiture in criminal cases,” Quart explained in a written statement. In certain cases, Quart will apply civil asset forfeiture to address corporate harm, requiring financial restitution as part of the resolution. Quart would continue the current grant evaluation review process to distribute the office’s asset forfeiture funds. “With very rare exceptions, my office will not seek forfeiture — except in certain cases of corporate prosecutions,” Orlins shared in a statement. Orlins will have an independent entity disburse the office’s existing multi-million dollar forfeiture fund into the communities which have been most harmed by the criminal legal system.“I am committed to ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture from low-income and working class people, while maintaining the use of asset forfeiture as a tool to hold big banks and financial institutions accountable,” Lang said.
Florence plans to continue using asset forfeiture with corporations and white collar cases. “Using asset forfeiture against individuals in non-white collar cases will be extremely rare and would be limited to extreme cases,” Florence shared in a statement. Florence proposes implementing a participatory budget process to decide how to spend the asset forfeiture funds.Bragg plans to keep corporate forfeiture and limit individual forfeiture to post-conviction/ criminal forfeiture related to certain offenses. Bragg supports a community budgeting process to determine how to spend asset forfeiture money and would prioritize putting those funds toward reentry, mental health and substance use programming, and educational and job support efforts. Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Bragg plans to keep corporate forfeiture and limit individual forfeiture to post-conviction/ criminal forfeiture related to certain offenses. Bragg supports a community budgeting process to determine how to spend asset forfeiture money and would prioritize putting those funds toward reentry, mental health and substance use programming, and educational and job support efforts. “With very rare exceptions, my office will not seek forfeiture — except in certain cases of corporate prosecutions,” Orlins shared in a statement. Orlins will have an independent entity disburse the office’s existing multi-million dollar forfeiture fund into the communities which have been most harmed by the criminal legal system.Florence does not support abolishing the SNP. Florence believes that the SNP should prosecute certain cases and divert people struggling with addiction to treatment.
Lang does not support abolishing the SNP. Instead, she supports “rightsizing” the office in favor of expanding diversion programs.
Crotty does not support abolishing the SNP.
Quart supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. He would also vote to replace the head of the unit and recall the 57 Assistant District Attorneys on loan from the Manhattan DA’s office.As of December 2020, Farhadian Weinstein is undecided as to whether she supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. Aboushi supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. If elected, she would vote to replace the head of the unit and recall the 57 Assistant District Attorneys assigned there by the Manhattan DA’s office: "The special narcotics prosecutor is a redundant office that targets communities of color, imposes harsher sentences, and has virtually no accountability. I will not cooperate with it or lend ADAs to that office.” Quart supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. He would also vote to replace the head of the unit and recall the 57 Assistant District Attorneys on loan from the Manhattan DA’s office.Orlins supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. If elected, she would vote to replace the head of the unit and recall the 57 Assistant District Attorneys assigned there by the Manhattan DA’s office.Bragg supports the legislature abolishing the SNP. While he previously said that he would not actively push to abolish the SNP, he recently stated he doesn't believe this model works and will work to eliminate the office.Florence would not commit to reducing the DA’s budget, explaining that she will figure out what the “appropriate” budget is for the office once she shifts the focus of the office towards her priority areas. Quart has committed to reducing the office’s budget by reducing the number of employees in the office, but was unable to specify an amount because he believes it will be difficult to identify budget cuts in time for next year’s City Council budget hearings. In an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Quart stated that he will likely not need a budget over $100 million.
Lang intends to reduce the footprint of the district attorney's office but did not commit to reducing the budget of the office by a specific amount. “I don't have a plan to reduce the budget, I have a plan to use the budget differently,” Bragg said. Bragg would shift the office’s resources to expand prosecution of wage theft and drug trafficking cases. Bragg committed to working within the current budget, and not requesting more money from the City.Florence would not commit to reducing the DA’s budget, explaining that she will figure out what the “appropriate” budget is for the office once she shifts the focus of the office towards her priority areas.According to Gothamist, Farhadian Weinstein said she disagreed with demands to stop using tools like Palantir’s software altogether, instead promising “to use them responsibly.”Orlins has committed to reducing 50% of the Manhattan District Attorney’s multi-million dollar budget. Orlins aims to accomplish this goal by declining to prosecute most misdemeanors, which make up the majority of arrests in Manhattan; reducing staffing; and moving funding for services and community events out of the DA’s office because she believes that services should be “provided independent and outside of the punitive structures and control of the prosecutor’s office.”In a statement, Bragg said "I will dismantle intelligence-driven prosecution and third-party surveillance systems as they are currently used by the Manhattan DA's office” but said that he would continue their use for matters such as public corruption and white collar investigations.Quart committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.Orlins committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.
Lang committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.
Florence committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.
Aboushi committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.
Quart committed to sever ties with third-party surveillance firms and restrict these firms from any information sharing.Bragg explained “There may be appropriate use of [criticizing judges who abuse their discretion], but I will not commit to it as a matter of general policy.”Farhadian Weinstein has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Quart has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Lang will have a policy of having prosecutors make a record in court when a judge abuses their discretion and makes an “overly harsh” pretrial decision.Florence has committed to criticizing judges who abuse their discretion in court.Crotty declined to respond to this question, which was included in a questionnaire by the People’s Coalition for Manhattan DA Accountability.Crotty did not make a commitment to release people during the pandemic or other emergencies, stating that she believes that there should have been a hospital built on Rikers Island during the COVID-19 pandemic. She further explained that she didn’t sign on to a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to release people over 50 years old during the pandemic because she believes releases should happen on a case-by-case basis. Farhadian Weinstein explained that people shouldn’t be held “unless absolutely necessary.” When making decisions about which releases she would support, Farhadian Weinstein said that she is most concerned about flight risk and “violence.” Quart would accept motions from defense attorneys to release people who are in jail post-conviction. He would also use the bully pulpit of the DA’s office to push the Mayor and Department of Correction to release people held in pretrial detention.“I am and always have been fervently against the death penalty and that includes sentencing someone to death by incarceration,” Orlins said. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Orlins would immediately release anyone held pretrial on bail, not ask for bail on any incoming cases, and consent to resentencing so that anyone serving a city sentence at Rikers Island could be released immediately Lang committed to supporting the release of incarcerated people as soon as she gets into office if elected. “I will take the steps of ensuring that cases where I have made a bail request that someone is in on or the preceding administration has made will get reevaluated.” Lang plans to rely on community groups to hold her accountable to ensure releases remain ongoing and consistent.While Florence committed to supporting the release of incarcerated people during the COVID-19 pandemic or other emergency situations, explaining that “nobody should have a death sentence for COVID,” she added that “we need to be careful about making a blanket” policy because there are certain people who Florence said she isn’t sure should be released.“I will give full consideration to release requests brought by defense attorneys or community members, though this does not mean I support every request by any community member,” Bragg said.
Crotty did not make a commitment to release people during the pandemic or other emergencies, stating that she believes that there should have been a hospital built on Rikers Island during the COVID-19 pandemic. She further explained that she didn’t sign on to a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to release people over 50 years old during the pandemic because she believes releases should happen on a case-by-case basis.Lang did not take a clear position on closing Rikers and opening new jails, stating “I hate to say I oppose both of them, but I think the city needs to go back to the table on this issue.” “I'm not necessarily for opening new jails. I don't think in this time after the pandemic and after criminal justice reform that we should be spending billions of dollars constructing new jails. I’m not so sure we need new jail beds,” Florence said. However, Florence has not committed to reducing the jail population as DA. Farhadian Weinstein explained in an interview that she has “always been for” closing Rikers and replacing it with community-based jails.
“I believe the only way we’re going to shut down Rikers Island is building smaller facilities,” Quart said.
Crotty explained that she doesn’t think closing Rikers is a bad idea, citing the inconvenience of having to travel to the island to meet with clients. She stated, “if you're going to close Rikers I think you need to fix up [the local jail]” and believes that we can “do better” with the current jail in downtown Manhattan.“I'm not necessarily for opening new jails. I don't think in this time after the pandemic and after criminal justice reform that we should be spending billions of dollars constructing new jails. I’m not so sure we need new jail beds,” Florence said. Crotty explained that she doesn’t think closing Rikers is a bad idea, citing the inconvenience of having to travel to the island to meet with clients. She stated, “if you're going to close Rikers I think you need to fix up [the local jail]” and believes that we can “do better” with the current jail in downtown Manhattan.Bragg supports closing Rikers, and thinks that “fresh eyes” are needed on the borough-based jail plan.While Florence plans to “deemphasize crimes of poverty,” “emphasize crimes of power” and believes that incarceration should be a last resort, she has not made any concrete commitments to reduce the jail population, explaining that she will not apply blanket policies.
While Florence plans to “deemphasize crimes of poverty,” “emphasize crimes of power” and believes that incarceration should be a last resort, she has not made any concrete commitments to reduce the jail population, explaining that she will not apply blanket policies.Farhadian Weinstein aims to reduce the jail population, but cannot provide a measurable goal before she gets into office. She aims to reduce the jail population by teaching prosecutors to be “more mindful and purposeful” in the way that they ask for bail.
While Lang is committed to reducing the number of people subjected to pretrial incarceration, she could not provide a benchmark goal for which she aims to reduce the jail population. When asked what policies she will implement to achieve a reduction in the jail population, Lang pointed to her commitment to using jail as a last resort and not requesting bail (which she would replace with “a comprehensive build out of supervised release”).Crotty does not have plans to reduce the jail population because she believes that reducing the jail population should be “a reactionary number based on [crime rates] not on the district attorney's office.”Farhadian Weinstein aims to reduce the jail population, but cannot provide a measurable goal before she gets into office. She aims to reduce the jail population by teaching prosecutors to be “more mindful and purposeful” in the way that they ask for bail.Lang does not have a benchmark goal for which she aims to reduce the jail population. When asked what policies she will implement to achieve a reduction in the jail population, Lang pointed to her commitment to using jail as a last resort and not requesting bail (which she would replace with “a comprehensive build out of supervised release”).Bragg aims to reduce the jail population, but could not provide a measurable goal because he wants to assess cases first. When asked what policies he plans to implement to achieve decarceration, Bragg referenced his decline-to-prosecute, diversion, and restorative justice policies.Farhadian Weinstein will request supervision and electronic monitoring. She also suggested that the DA’s office could play a larger role in funding supervision.Orlins will request supervision in certain cases where her office determines there is no less restrictive alternative available. Orlins recognizes the issues with electronic monitoring as a problematic “intrusion of government into people's lives,” and will request electronic monitoring under rare circumstances.Lang will continue the use of electronic monitoring and pretrial supervision. According to materials released by Five Boro Defenders, Lang wants the DA’s office to play a larger role in connecting people to services. Lang believes that in order to end cash bail, supervised release needs to be expanded. Florence will request supervised release and electronic monitoring. She supports the funding of a nonmonetary based system, including text messaging, apps and electronic monitoring.
Crotty will continue the use of supervised release and electronic monitoring.
Bragg will request supervised release and electronic monitoring in cases where his office believes there is a “risk of flight.”Aboushi will request electronic monitoring and supervision in certain cases “where restriction has to occur” and to show that release can be an option “without using cash bail or incarceration.” In an interview with Five Boro Defenders, Aboushi explained that she would not ask for pretrial supervision for people charged with misdemeanors. Lang will continue the use of electronic monitoring and pretrial supervision. According to materials released by Five Boro Defenders, Lang wants the DA’s office to play a larger role in connecting people to services. Lang believes that in order to end cash bail, supervised release needs to be expanded.Farhadian Weinstein would continue the practice of requesting bail, explaining: “In New York, that is the mechanism that we are given to get to pretrial detention, which, as I said, I do believe is necessary, in some cases.” Farhadian Weinstein would continue the practice of seeking remand.
Crotty would continue the practice of requesting bail at an individual’s first court appearance. She also plans to request remand for certain felony charges. Crotty explained that her office will take perceived public safety risk into account when making release recommendations, despite the fact that judges are not legally allowed to consider public safety risk when setting bail.Quart aims to end cash bail on his first day in office. He would continue the practice of requesting remand in some cases. When making release recommendations, Quart’s office would consider perceived flight risk and whether the office believes the person poses a “physical threat to an identifiable person.”“As DA, I will never seek money bail,” Orlins states on her website. She is “cognizant of the overuse of remand” and would require prosecutors seeking pretrial detention to get her explicit permission. Lang has committed to not requesting bail under any circumstances. Lang would continue the practice of requesting remand and stated that she plans to revisit those cases regularly “to make sure that remand continues to be necessary.”Farhadian Weinstein would continue the practice of requesting bail, explaining: “In New York, that that is the mechanism that we are given in to get to pretrial detention, which, as I said, I do believe is necessary, in some cases.” Farhadian Weinstein would continue the practice of seeking remand at an individual’s first court appearance.Crotty would continue the practice of requesting bail at an individual’s first court appearance. She also plans to request remand for certain felony charges. Crotty explained that her office will take perceived public safety risk into account when making release recommendations, despite the fact that judges are not legally allowed to consider public safety risk when setting bail.Bragg’s office would never request cash bail. He would continue the practice of requesting remand in some cases.Crotty does not believe that New York should eliminate the money bail system.Despite believing that New York State should eliminate money bail, Farhadian Weinstein still plans to request bail on cases that come before her office. Farhadian Weinstein also supports replacing the money bail system with one that would detain people based on perceived "dangerousness."Quart believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Orlins believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.
Lang believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Florence believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.Bragg believes that New York should pass legislation to eliminate money bail.
Crotty does not believe that New York should eliminate the money bail system.Farhadian Weinstein does not believe that New York State should eliminate pretrial detention.Quart does not believe that New York State should eliminate pretrial detention.Lang does not believe that New York State should eliminate pretrial detention.
Florence does not believe that New York State should eliminate pretrial detention.Crotty does not believe that New York State should eliminate pretrial detention.
Bragg does not believe that New York State should eliminate pretrial detention.
Bragg does not believe that New York State should pass legislation to eliminate pretrial detention.
Crotty believes that there is an issue of implicit bias that “has racial tones,” not that there’s an issue of systemic racism. She also believes “the racial aspect gets the most play, but the issue is socioeconomic at its root core.”Farhadian Weinstein stated that systemic racism in law enforcement is “woven into everything that would come on to my desk.” Farhadian Weinstein explained that “there is systemic racism that can't be reduced to individual actors,” yet later said that one way she will address this issue is by employing a diverse workforce. She also shared plans to use data to keep track of disparities in how the office treats people of color.Quart explained that the primary way to address this issue is by reforming the NYPD, explaining that none of his interventions as DA are perfect solutions for people who are being arrested by the police. However, Quart would use his power as DA to mitigate the issue by declining to prosecute, diverting cases, and instituting a restorative justice approach.Orlins recognizes that systemic racism in the NYPD impacts who is arrested and commits to using her discretion as DA to not move certain cases forward after an arrest, such as those on her decline-to-prosecute list. During a candidate forum in January 2021, Lang explained that the “legacy of white supremacy” has informed disparities in the criminal legal system, and that fixing it requires declining to prosecute or diverting cases. However, Lang does not plan to release declination policy, choosing instead to make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.Florence believes that her office can handle each case “without regard to race” by holding police accountable to misconduct and tracking racial disparities after cases reach the DA’s office. Florence did not provide a plan for how she will use the data her office tracks to influence the office’s practices and policies.When asked how he thinks systemic racism in law enforcement impacts what comes onto his desk as a prosecutor and what he will do to address it, Bragg cited three main things: management, leadership, and culture change. Bragg’s website explains that he will assign prosecutors and data analysts to “track disparities and develop training and management protocols that ensure that similarly situated defendants receive equal treatment.” However, his plan fails to address the fact that the majority of people who are targeted, arrested and prosecuted are people of color.Crotty believes that there is an issue of implicit bias that “has racial tones,” not that there’s an issue of systemic racism. She also believes “the racial aspect gets the most play, but the issue is socioeconomic at its root core.”Crotty believes that there is an issue of implicit bias, not systemic racism. She believes the DA’s office plays a role in contributing to the issue, but pointed to policing as the real source, since “the DA’s office doesn’t make arrests.” When asked how her office would address racist outcomes in the criminal legal system, Crotty referenced a policy she plans to release to look at implicit bias in charging decisions. Crotty believes that there is an issue of implicit bias, not systemic racism. She believes the DA’s office plays a role in contributing to the issue, but pointed to policing as the real source, since “the DA’s office doesn’t make arrests.” When asked how her office would address racist outcomes in the criminal legal system, Crotty referenced a policy she plans to release to look at implicit bias in charging decisions. When asked what major policies she proposes to address racism on a systemic level without individualizing racism, Farhadian Weinstein explained that she would employ a diverse workforce and consider under which circumstances to prosecute certain cases. However, Farhadian Weinstein has not published a list of charges that her office will decline to prosecute nor provide examples during the interview of such charges. She explained that certain charges like resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration would need “another layer of supervisor review.”Florence believes that shifting the focus of the DA’s office from “crimes of poverty to crimes of power” and increasing diversity in hiring at the DA’s office will address issues of systemic racism.Via her website, Lang plans to address systemic racism by enacting a default policy discouraging the use of predicate and persistent felony enhancements, ending the use of cash bail, recommending jail or prison sentences, among others. Lang also explained that her diversion and declination policies will also address these issues, although Lang does not plan to publish a list of charges for which she will categorically decline-to-prosecute.“Systemic racism is built into the criminal punishment bureaucracy,” Orlins said. To address these issues, she will institute policies to end cash bail and decline to prosecute all drug possession cases, explaining “we know that cash bail has been set higher on people of color” and that “the War on Drugs has been a war on predominantly Black and brown people.” She also cited her data transparency plan as a way to hold the office accountable.Bragg explained that “changing the defaults” used by prosecutors at critical junctures in each case would, he predicts, lead to closing racial disparities. Bragg also mentioned his decline-to-prosecute (DTP) policy as another way to address racism in the criminal legal system. However, as of 3/22/21, Bragg’s DTP policy doesn’t include many of the most common charges in Manhattan, such as petit larceny, drug possession, and criminal mischief.Aboushi plans to address systemic racism through her decline-to-prosecute policy, as well as her police and prosecutorial misconduct policies. “We've broken down [the categories we will decline to prosecute] into charges that are historically used against communities of color that also cover for abusive and bad policing.” Aboushi will have a zero-tolerance policy for police officers and prosecutors who engage in misconduct to address what she calls “malicious prosecution” of communities of color.

News & Reports

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Brooklyn Community Bail Fund Announces New Executive Director

June 21, 2021

Manhattan DA’s Own Data Proves Racist Prosecution Fuels Mass Incarceration in New York

New York City invests millions of dollars into prosecution, yet district attorney offices are purposefully opaque about their decision-making and the scope of harm they inflict on communities of color.

May 4, 2021

Biden’s Neoliberalism: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

As deportations under the Biden administration continue, is Biden unwilling or unable to control the Department of Homeland Security?

February 11, 2021

Brooklyn Bail Fund Spent Millions To Free Immigrants, Support BLM Demonstrators in 2020

When New Yorkers rose up in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, an influx of donations made it possible for BCBF to distribute $4.6 million to support bail for demonstrators and to support Black-led collectives, organizations, and organizers in New York State.

December 10, 2020

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Away Bail Reforms Despite COVID-19 Decarceration Calls

On April 3, Governor Cuomo signed into law a state budget that reverses key recent reforms to the state’s cash bail system.

April 9, 2020

Bailing Out

Criminal justice reformers are rethinking the crusade against cash bail. 

April 6, 2020 

Cuomo’s Backroom Bail Reform Budget Deal Subjects Thousands More to Death 

We need further decarceration. Instead, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers—in their zeal to lock human beings in cages— pushed through a backroom deal to expand pretrial jailing so thousands more New Yorkers will be subjected to imprisonment and unspeakable harm.

April 2, 2020 | Press Release

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Bail Reform Advocates Urge Cuomo and Lawmakers NOT to Tweak New Laws 

More than 100 pro-bail reform groups promised to stand in “opposition to any changes” to New York’s new bail laws, arguing in a letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Cuomo and state leaders that judges shouldn’t try to predict someone’s “dangerousness” as a rationale to detain them.

February 11, 2020 | Read the full letter here

How New York’s Bail Reforms Are Playing Out in a Queens Court

Despite headlines, the state’s cash bail reforms are having a positive impact on the people they are meant to help.

February 3, 2020 

Eyes Wide Open: Bail Fight Shows Power of Court Watchers

Court Watch NYC announces “Eyes on 2020,” a new campaign to monitor the first 100 days of New York’s bail reform implementation

January 12, 2020

More New Yorkers Are Stepping Up To Bail Out Detained Immigrants

In the New York-New Jersey area there are thousands of immigrants sitting in detention and on any given day and only 12 percent of those individuals will actually get bond granted by an immigration judge. Often the bond amount is so high that it’s simply unaffordable for most immigrant families

October 15, 2019 

Community Bail Funds & the Fight for Freedom

At the end of 2019, we ceased operating as a revolving bail fund. So what’s next for the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund? We see this year’s bail reform legislation as a beginning, not the end.

September 27, 2019 | Press Release

The Fax Is Not Yet Obsolete

A broken fax machine could mean spending another night in jail, even after paying bail. In these cases, the fax shouldn’t die because it’s old-fashioned or retrograde, but because people’s safety and comfort, and even their lives, still rely on a sheet of paper inching out of a machine, awaiting notice.

November 18, 2020

Manhattan Pot Prosecutions Down 94%. DA Sees Success, Critics See Disparities

Court watchers rallied outside of Manhattan Criminal Court to call attention to their report arguing that despite new policies for marijuana prosecution in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the system is still racist.

November 2, 2018

Report: NYC’s Bail Bond Industry Is A $20 Million Predatory Mess

New York City’s bail bondsmen operate almost entirely without regulation, and often without licenses or scrutiny of their services, which are frequently punitively expensive

June 14, 2017

The Bail Trap

Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.

August 13, 2015

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CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM BAIL INFORMATION

In partnership with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, we created a “know-your-rights” booklet, available in English and Spanish, to help New Yorkers navigate the bail payment system in New York State to avoid further harm. 

If you need information about the specific process of posting bail or bond in your county, including where to pay and what paperwork you may need, please click here.