New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a $7.5 million initiative to fund educational programming at New York State prisons to help qualifying inmates earn college degrees, which will support an individual’s successful reentry into the community and reduce recidivism. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is funding the college-in-prison program through the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which was created to provide grants for programs improving public safety, crime prevention, and fairness in the justice system.
Governor Cuomo announced a plan to provide college courses to people in prison under a new initiative with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.
Karen Friedman-Agnifilo and Vincent Schiraldi Speak on Juvenile and Young Adult Justice at Columbia Law
On November 30, Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, chief assistant district attorney at the Manhattan DA's Office, and Vincent Schiraldi, a ISLG CJII advisor and senior research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, spoke about juvenile justice and young adult justice at an event at Columbia Law School.
This weekend, the New York Times featured a story about the Manhattan District Attorney Office's and how the office is distributing money received through criminal penalties against three international banks accused of violating United States sanctions.
MPRNews reports on a pilot program that would allow a limited number of colleges to deliver courses in prisons and discusses the benefits of college-in-prison programs.
District Attorney Vance and John Jay College President Travis Announce Partnership to Launch New Institute for Innovation in Prosecution
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and President Jeremy Travis of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the formation of a partnership to launch the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP), a groundbreaking new project designed to support the development of the next generation of ideas and thought leaders in the field of prosecution. The Institute will bring together prosecutors, academics, law enforcement officials, and other leaders to examine and develop practical solutions to the critical issues facing the criminal justice system in the 21st century, including how to ensure public safety while at the same time improving fairness in the system.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the expansion of Satur¬¬day Night Lights (“SNL”), a comprehensive youth violence prevention initiative, to 17 programs across Manhattan. The expansion includes enhanced academic support and advocacy, as well as high-quality sports, dance, and fitness activities. Community-based organizations recently awarded funding through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will lead on-site programming in coordination with staff from Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Since its creation in October 2011, SNL has served more than 5,000 kids between the ages of 11-to-18, completely free of charge.
Manhattan DA’s Office, City of London Police, Center for Internet Security Announce Formation of Global Cyber Alliance
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. The announcement was made at the International Conference on Combating Financial and Cyber Threats Affecting Global Financial Centres, hosted by the City of London Police. District Attorney Vance delivered the keynote opening address in London.
District Attorney Vance Awards $38 million in Grants to Help 32 Jurisdictions in 20 States Test Backlogged Rape Kits
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of approximately $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the United States to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or “rape kits.” The two-year awards, ranging in amount from approximately $97,000 to $2 million, will help test an estimated 56,475 rape kits, generating DNA evidence that will help solve cases across the country.
Mayor de Blasio Announces $17.8 Million to Reduce Unnecessary Jail Time for People Waiting for Trial; $13.8 million of funds from Manhattan DA
The de Blasio administration today announced $17.8 million to supervise 3,000 eligible defendants safely in the community instead of detaining them in jail while they wait for trial. Titled “supervised release,” the initiative will permit judges to release defendants to a supervisory program that allows defendants to remain at home with their families and continue working while waiting for trial. This expands judges’ options beyond setting bail – which could lead to unnecessary detention if an individual is unable to pay – or releasing a defendant to the community without a system in place to ensure the defendant returns to court without reoffending.