‘Opening new jails is a down payment ensuring we stay stuck in our old ways. That’s not a price we should be willing to pay.’
‘There should have been, but frequently was not, pushback when these draconian laws and policies were gathering steam. Now, the danger runs in the other direction.’
The Queens District Attorney’s office under outgoing DA Richard Brown is among the last to embrace a shift in the conversation around criminal justice away from a punitive system to one focused more on rehabilitation and restoration.
‘There are significant warning signs that could jeopardize the progress we have made against crime.’