As crimes continue to rise across the United States liberal district attorneys continue to appear determined to let criminals go scot-free.
Manhattan’s new District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who was heavily backed by billionaire George Soros, sent a memo to his staff on Monday telling them that his office will not seek prison sentences for many crimes, The New York Post reported.
He will also look to downgrade felony charges in cases of drug dealing and even armed robbery.
In his first memo to staff he said his office “will not seek a carceral sentence” except in cases of homicides and some other cases ,like domestic violence felonies, some sex crimes and public corruption.
Because public corruption is far more dangerous than armed robbers and drug dealers in his mind.
“This rule may be excepted only in extraordinary circumstances based on a holistic analysis of the facts, criminal history, victim’s input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma), and any other information available,” it said.
Assistant district attorneys must also now keep in mind the “impacts of incarceration,” including whether it really does increase public safety, potential future barriers to convicts involving housing and employment, the financial cost of prison and the racial disparities over who gets time, Bragg instructed.
In cases where prosecutors do seek to put a convict behind bars, the request can be for no more than 20 years for a determinate sentence, meaning one that can’t be reviewed or changed by a parole board.
“The Office shall not seek a sentence of life without parole,” it said, which is going to be fantastic news for murderers, but not so much for victims and their families.
“Armed robbers who use guns or other deadly weapons to stick up stores and other businesses will be prosecuted only for petty larceny, a misdemeanor, provided no victims were seriously injured and there’s no ‘genuine risk of physical harm’ to anyone. Armed robbery, a class B felony, would typically be punishable by a maximum of 25 years in prison, while petty larceny subjects offenders to up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine,” the memo said, The Post reported.
“(Assistant District Attorneys) should use their judgment and experience to evaluate the person arrested, and identify people: who suffer from mental illness; who are unhoused; who commit crimes of poverty; or who suffer from substance use disorders,” the dimwit DA said in his memo.
“Charges should be brought consistent with the goal of providing services to such individuals, and leverage during plea negotiations should not be a factor in this decision,” he said.
“These policy changes not only will, in and of themselves, make us safer; they also will free up prosecutorial resources to focus on violent crime,” he said because, you know, armed robbery is totally not violent crime.
He said that “new initiatives and policies on guns, sex crimes, hate crimes, and other matters will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Police are, as would be expected, furious with the new guidelines.
“Bragg gives criminals the roadmap to freedom from prosecution and control of our streets,” Paul DiGiacomo, the head of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association, said.
“In Bragg’s Manhattan, you can resist arrest, deal drugs, obstruct arrests, and even carry a gun and get away with it,” he said.
Bragg was backed, to the tune of around $1 million, by Soros, as were many other woke district attorneys nationwide, The Post reported.