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Nearly a decade of relentless progressive alterations to the criminal justice system in New York City may have finally reached their nadir with November’s election of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr.
Last week, the newly-minted D.A., who made history as the first African American elected to the post, issued a 10-page memorandum to his staff that essentially dismantles the penal code in New York.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference outside an apartment building where a deadly fire occurred in the Bronx on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
It hews to the progressive prosecutor movement’s goals of emptying prisons and transforming the justice system into one less punitive. Running counter to recently-elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams’s pledge to reduce the rise of violent crime, Bragg vows not to prosecute fare evasion, trespassing, and resisting arrest. Criminals, take note.
By declining to prosecute violations of law, Bragg has weaponized prosecutorial discretion, contorting its purpose in a hapless quest for social justice. This approach only serves to further injure the very communities to