Democrat Alvin Bragg is emerging as the next Manhattan District Attorney as a progressive candidate willing to decriminalize certain offenses. For that reason, his critics have been labeled him as “pro-crime.”
The Manhattan DA serves in New York County and oversees all criminal prosecutions within the borough.
Although Alvin Bragg, 47, has yet to face Republican Thomas Kenniff in the November general race, the Democratic lean in Manhattan will most likely give him the victory.
“We are one step closer to making history and transforming the district attorney’s office to deliver safety and justice for all,” Bragg said.
“One that ends racial disparities and mass incarceration. One that delivers justice for sexual assault survivors and holds police accountable. One that prosecutes landlords who harass tenants, employers who cheat their workers, and stands up to hate crimes. And one that stops the flow of guns onto our streets,” he added.
Alvin Bragg and his progressive proposals
Bragg pledged to stop seeking so many prison sentences for non-violent crimes, and also said he would not support life without parole for serious violent crimes.
The Manhattan DA hopeful embraced a progressive criminal justice agenda, with a focus on prosecuting cops for misconduct.
He also announced his prosecutorial plan to get nearly all offenders off the same day: “Non-incarceration is the outcome for every case, except those with charges of homicide or the death of a victim, a class-B violent felony in which a deadly weapon causes serious physical injury or felony sex offenses,” his campaign materials say.
“There is cause for concern”
Former prosecutor Tom Hogan wrote an op-ed published in the New York Post where he revealed that Alvin Bragg’s proposals “give reason for concern.”
The new prosecutor will be the leader of one of the most powerful prosecutor’s offices in the nation, and also in his hands will have important cases such as one of the indictments against the Trump Organization for alleged tax fraud.
According to Hogan, Bragg will immediately begin “de-prosecuting” crimes such as resisting arrest, trespassing, fare evasion, marijuana possession, driving with a suspended license, and any other traffic violation.
“What will happen then to ill offenders who shoot at people and miss, armed robbers who display a gun but don’t fire it, drug dealers and felons in possession of firearms all be released the same day they are arrested?,” the former prosecutor emphasized.
“ven more alarming, Bragg proposes virtually the same non-incarceration path for both bail and criminal convictions. Thus, these offenders will walk out of jail the same day they are arrested and apparently will never return,” Hogan added.