Speaking to the Fraternal Order of Police national biennial conference in New Orleans, Barr assailed “district attorneys that style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law.”
Tiffany Cabán, a progressive insurgent candidate who ran for Queens, N.Y., district attorney on a campaign of criminal-justice reform, conceded after a judge ruled against opening disputed ballots. Queens borough president Melinda Katz won the election by only 55 votes.
“Progressive prosecutors” war with their critics over whether new policies may encourage criminals. While Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner assails prosecutors’ traditional practices, the city’s U.S. Attorney says Philadelphia “doesn’t have a prosecutor.”
Tumber of defendants sentenced to be incarcerated in Chicago’s Cook County dropped from 12,262 in 2017 to fewer than 10,000 last year as violent crime reports also decreased. Advocacy groups credit policies adopted by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
For the last 18 months, Middlesex, which is Massachusetts’ most populous county, has sought to abolish the use of cash bail for low-level defendants, who otherwise languish in detention before trial if they cannot pay their way out of lockup.
The New York City Board of Elections certified Queens borough president Melinda Katz as the winner of the June 25 Democratic primary for Queens district attorney. Former public defender Tiffany Cabán, the election loser, has filed suit challenging the results.
The troubling revelations of racist Facebook comments by law enforcement agents make clear that bigotry and its more insidious version of “implicit bias” need to be recognized—and promptly addressed—by prosecutors and police on the front lines of justice, writes the Miami-Dade State Attorney.
Behind the progressive-prosecutor trend, what exactly is happening at the state and local levels? The Appeal has begun tracking the news daily to chart the ups and downs of reform-minded prosecution policies.
Insufficient support for crime survivors undermines the ability of prosecutors to uphold the law and do their part in helping communities thrive, writes the executive director of John Jay’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution.
New York’s longest-serving district attorney, who also served in the 1960s as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was renowned for his innovative and aggressive prosecution of crime of all sorts.