Alvin Bragg is overworking to change the state of Manhattan, New York. Alvin who took office over the New Year’s weekend has already released a memo detailing what he intends to change in this great city.
In the memo released on Monday Alvin plans to only seek prison sentences for a handful of offences and downgrade charges for many felony crimes. He instructs the prosecutors to only seek prison sentences for crimes related to sexual offences, public corruption, homicides and assaults resulting in serious injury.
The prosecutors have also been instructed not to seek bail for any suspects awaiting trial. The memo also states that crimes such as drug dealing and armed robbery should be downgraded. Alvin has also promised to continue declining prosecution of marijuana possession as his predecessor Cyrus Vance Jr. ordered.
Alvin claims his policy will make the city safer and reduce the high crime rates experienced in New York Today. In his statement Alvin notes, “I have lived my entire life in Harlem and have seen all sides of the criminal legal system both professionally and personally. These policies are rooted in these life experiences and professional experiences and substantiated by data. They reflect both the need for fundamental reforms in the criminal legal system and the need for community safety”.
Election of Alvin Bragg
Alvin was elected as Manhattan’s District attorney two months ago becoming the first black person to lead such an office. Since his election Alvin has handled major cases such as an investigative case involving the former President Donald J. Trump and his family business.
Alvin seems to be living up to his promise of balancing public safety and fairness for all the defendants. Even so, it cannot be forgotten that New York is currently experiencing a surge in the number of different crimes such as homicides and drug dealing.