Request for Information for Design of an Abusive Partner Intervention Program with Restorative Justice Elements

Posted on November 3, 2016

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DANY) is soliciting information about the potential use of restorative justice principles as part of a treatment approach for abusive partners.

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DA Vance Announces Release of “Domestic Violence Initiative” Task Force Report

Posted on October 28, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today released the report of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Domestic Violence Initiative, compiled with input from dozens of City agencies, community-based organizations, and experts over the course of a two-year collaboration. District Attorney Vance announced funding for multiple initiatives recommended within the report, including a pilot program to equip the Manhattan Family Justice and Child Advocacy Centers with “Alternative Light Source” technology, including handheld devices that enable the user to better see bruising and other injuries, particularly on dark skin tones. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will also be equipped with a dedicated camera capable of taking infrared photographs to better document these injuries, which are not always visible to the naked eye. Other report recommendations being funded by the District Attorney’s Office include $1.4 million for the creation of Abusive Partner Intervention Programs, as well as $11.4 million for programs that broaden access to services for victims of crime.

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DA Vance Speaks With Citizens Budget Commission

Posted on October 27, 2016

Yesterday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance spoke with the Citizens Budget Commission about the investments his office is making under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. He highlighted investments his office is making in public safety, crime prevention, and justice reform.

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DA Vance Announces Investments to Prevent Crime and Reform the Justice System

Posted on September 30, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced three significant investments aimed at preventing crime and reforming the justice system, including new funding opportunities for: early diversion programs for low-level misdemeanor offenders; social enterprises for young people and formerly incarcerated individuals; and innovative transition programs for youth who are transitioning out of foster care. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is funding these initiatives through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which it created using criminal forfeiture funds – separate from the Office’s annual budget or taxpayer dollars – obtained through settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions.

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Request for Proposals for Social Enterprises

Posted on September 30, 2016

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is soliciting proposals from qualified applicants to plan and pilot new, or expand or replicate existing, social enterprises serving young people at risk of justice system involvement and reentering/formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City. Social enterprises constitute a promising approach to providing pathways to economic self-sufficiency among young people who may face challenges in securing meaningful employment due to limited education and lack of work experience.

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Request for Proposals for Programs for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Posted on September 30, 2016

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DANY) is soliciting proposals to plan and pilot OR scale up innovative programs and approaches for foster youth (ages 16 to 24) who are close to transitioning to adulthood or who have recently transitioned to adulthood from the foster care system. Those who age out of foster care without a permanent family arrangement are at significantly elevated risk of criminal justice system involvement and other negative life outcomes.

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Request for Proposals for Early Diversion Programs for Young Adults and Adults

Posted on September 30, 2016

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is soliciting proposals to plan and implement diversion programs after arrest and before arraignment (or, “early diversion” programs) to divert young adults and adults arrested for low-level offenses who do not have a criminal record from court processing to effective and tailored community-based responses. Early diversion programs provide a proportional response to low-level crime and a meaningful intervention to put young adults and adults on a path to success.

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Inmates in NY get an Ivy League education behind bars

Posted on July 18, 2016

A recent CBS News story highlighted the Manhattan DA's College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative: This fall, New York's education program will expand, over the objections of state lawmakers, who rebuffed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's request for more money. So instead, Cuomo teamed up with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to divert $7.5 million in criminal forfeiture money to add at least 800 more students. "This is a public safety issue. I know that ...

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Request for Proposals for Evaluation of College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative

Posted on July 13, 2016

With funding from the Ford Foundation, the Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) solicited proposals for a rigorous evaluation of the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative across multiple sites in New York State. As part of its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), the Manhattan District Attorney's Office has committed $7.5 million to fund the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative, which supports postsecondary, college-level ...

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DA Vance Announces Funding for Innovative Crime Prevention Initiatives and Programs to Improve Access to Services for Victims Of Crime

Posted on June 23, 2016

Today’s Announcement Follows Transformative Manhattan DA Investments in NYPD Technology, NYCHA Security Upgrades, Fighting Cybercrime, and Testing Backlogged Rape Kits Successful “Project Reset” Youth Diversion Program Being Expanded Boroughwide Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced several new initiatives aimed at preventing crime, improving access to services for victims, and increasing options to divert ...

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