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Crime Strategies Unit

Manhattan, NY

Enhancing data collection and strengthening partnerships and community ties are essential tasks for DA's around the country.

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Conviction Integrity Unit

Brooklyn, NY

"The structure and unprecedented work of this unit is now considered a national model."

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180 Program

Seattle, WA

The 180 Program is designed to keep 350 young people out of prison each year.

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Clean Slate

Manhattan, NY

IIP co-chair Cy Vance knows that warrants can hold people back, so he is moving to help his constituents and communities thrive.

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Begin Again

Brooklyn, NY

Helping the people of Brooklyn clear warrants helps the borough thrive.

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Restorative Justice - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Restorative justice provides a potential trust-building, procedurally just alternative to incarceration.

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Alternatives to Incarceration Unit

Manhattan , NY

Examining innovative ways to minimize incarceration is the responsibility of us all.

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Cease Prosecution of Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

Brooklyn , NY

The Brooklyn's DA's office is find bold ways to make its office more efficient.

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Broward County Expungement Workshop

Broward County, FL

Criminal records hold people back from reclaiming their lives. Broward County is helping them navigate the bureacracy of record expungment.

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Baton Rouge Amnesty Day

Baton Rouge, LA

Amnesty events help people move forward with their lives, and build goodwill with community members.

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Future Forward

Philadelphia , PA

This long-term diversion program limits justice system entanglements and lays a foundation for progress.

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Juvenile Life Without Parole Changes

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia DA Seth Williams is seeking to minimize incarceration by examining juvenile cases.

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Conviction Integrity Program

Manhattan, NY

DA's share the responsibility of ensuring that each convcition is above board.

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Raise the Age & New York State

New York, NY

Beginning October 1, 2018, 16-year olds will no longer be automatically prosecuted as adults in New York State. Beginning October 1, 2019, the same will apply for 17-year olds.

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Crime Strategies Unit

Manhattan, NY

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance divided Manhattan precincts into five areas and assigned a prosecutor to each to enhance collaboration and data sharing. This has also led to the creation of an arrest alert system to help ADAs sentence based on previous crimes and their neighborhood impact.

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Conviction Integrity Unit

Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn CRU looks beyond cases that can be overturned by new evidence, and reexamines cases where convictions fell short of proper standards. If an investigation took shortcuts or if a defendant lacked adequate representation the unit might look into the case. This focus on procedure, not just results, reinforces the integrity of our entire justice system.

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180 Program

Seattle, WA

In January 2012, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg partnered with community leaders to launch the 180 program, designed to keep 350 young people out of the criminal justice system each year. The program offers to waive charges for minors (before they are filed) accused of a first or second low-level misdemeanor. The offer is contingent upon youth participating in a four-hour weekend workshop where they begin to chart a new course for themselves and speak with individuals who turned their lives around. As of September 2015, the program had served more than 1500 young people. 

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Clean Slate

Manhattan, NY

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance hosted a one day event in Harlem allowing individuals to attempt to resolve issues with outstanding warrants. Similar to Brooklyn's "Begin Again" program, Clean Slate offers individuals facing arrests for low-level charges an opportunity to address the issues and create a fresh start. 

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Begin Again

Brooklyn, NY

In 2015, then Brooklyn DA Kenneth P. Thompson implemented a program that forgives low level warrants in his district. Begin Again is intended to lift the burden of outstanding warrants than ensures so many minority Americans. The program is a small step towards healing racial wounds in America, as well as being part of a practical approach to mass incarceration. Unlike simple amnesty, however, Mr. Thompson's program forces people to take responsibility by "getting up on a Saturday, visit a place teeming with the authorities and wait in line." 

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Restorative Justice - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

John Chisholm is expanding the use of restorative justice for certain offenses that his office handles.

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Alternatives to Incarceration Unit

Manhattan , NY

Cyrus Vance requested $600,000 in baseline funding for the creation of an Alternatives to Incarceration Unit within the Manhattan DA’s Office.

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Cease Prosecution of Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

Brooklyn , NY

The late District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would stop pursuing marijuana arrests to redirect funding and energy toward high priorities. In this way, the Brooklyn DA's office hopes that young people of color do not become unfairly burdened by low-level, non-violent criminal charges. 

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Broward County Expungement Workshop

Broward County, FL

Beginning in 2007, the Broward State Attorney's Office, Broward Clerk of Courts and Urban League of Broward county have hosted workshops to help individuals seal or expunge their records. The program offers offenders a one-stop shop to handle all of the paperwork they would require, thereby expediting and simplifying the process. The program helps individuals overcome their past and potentially receive better employment and become more productive citizens. 

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Baton Rouge Amnesty Day

Baton Rouge, LA

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore hosted an Amnesty Day for the areas residents to clear outstanding warrants. Nearly 1,500 people attended the event and the DA said he hopes to host another event in the near future. 

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Future Forward

Philadelphia , PA

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has launched a first of its kind initiative to reduce incarceration and recidivism while improving the quality of life for high-risk youth. Future Forward will be a year-long program during which enrollees will earn at least 24 credits at Community College of Philadelphia. Additionally, the individuals will be monitored by Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper and, if they remain arrest free for the full year, their records will be expunged. Eligible individuals are those who have committed a non-violent offense, are at least 24, earned a high school diploma or GED and have no more than one non-violent misdemeanor on their record. If an individual meets the criteria, the program is voluntary. 

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Juvenile Life Without Parole Changes

Philadelphia, PA

Seth Williams, announced last week that his office would seek new sentences for all of the 300 or so prisoners who have been serving sentences of mandatory life without parole for homicides they committed as juveniles. 

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Conviction Integrity Program

Manhattan, NY

This unit reviews cases with claims of innocence and seeks to prevent wrongful convictions.

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Raise the Age & New York State

New York, NY

On April 10, 2017, Governor Cuomo signed legislation raising the age of
criminal responsibility to 18 in most cases and prohibiting the incarceration of
youth under 18 in adult facilities. This made New York the 49th state to stop
the automatic prosecution of 16- and 17-year olds as adults.
 

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