Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Road to Bad Old Days: Manhattan DA won’t prosecute quality-of-life offenses anymore

Cyrus Vance Jr. Man D.A./Idiot by Saffie 55

This is a huge step backwards in the life of this city that will have a profound effect on the quality of life here. 
This is an extremely stupid decision! 

NY Post reports the Manhattan district attorney will no longer prosecute quality-of-life offenses such as public urination, drinking in public, littering and misdeeds in the subway — and even those with outstanding warrants would avoid jail.

The new, free-pass policy was announced late Tuesday with written endorsements from Police Commissioner Bratton and Mayor de Blasio.

Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office will now just issue summonses for such non-violent offenses, which he estimated will divert 10,000 cases a year from Manhattan Criminal Court.

The unilateral policy shift seemed to embrace Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s January proposal for sweeping legislation to decriminalize non-violent offenses city-wide, which has yet to be put up for a vote.

Law-and-order critics immediately slammed the move, saying it repeals the “Broken Windows” policy implemented by Bratton in the 1990s during his first stint as police commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

That theory, which spurred a dramatic drop in crime, holds that cracking down on low-level offenses deters more serious crimes.

“They are now sending a message that minor offenses are no longer important to address as quality of life issues in New York City,” said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association, racting to the Vance announcement.

“This must be the new version of Bratton 2.0. This totally contradicts everything he has preached, philosophized and lectured about across the nation. Now, these offenses are no different than parking tickets.”

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