Manhattan DA Joins The Progressive Side of Law Enforcement Reform
We, as a nation, have a LONG way to go to achieve real reform of our “Justice” systems. Police reform is in the usual political doldrums, though there are some advances being made in ending Qualified Immunity.
The battlefront seems to have moved to District Attorneys however. The LA District Attorney was first out of the gate, and seems to have hit very predictable headwinds. Now comes news that NYC’s newly installed DA is going down a similar path:
Among the crimes Bragg said his office would not prosecute: marijuana misdemeanors, including selling more than three ounces; not paying public transportation fare; trespassing except a fourth degree stalking charge, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in certain cases, and prostitution.
Misdemeanor offenses that are legally required to be given a “desk appearance ticket” will be offered diversion or community-based programs intended to help an offender, the memo said. The office may also decline to prosecute the offense.
One sincerely hopes this sort of approach catches on around the nation, but given our collective unwillingness to battle things that truly matter as a society I’ll hang on to my well formed skepticism.