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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Manhattan DA acts on resolution to seek incarceration only for worst crimes

Mr. Bragg is Manhattan’s first black district attorney, and he said during the campaign that his policies were informed by his own experience of being threatened by police officers and civilians alike. He began his memoir by remembering that history.

“Growing up in Harlem in the 1980s, I saw every side of the criminal justice system from an early age,” he wrote. “Before I was 21, I had been gunned down six times: three by police officers and three by people who were not police officers. I had a knife to my neck, a semi-automatic gun to my head, and a murder victim at my door.

Some former prosecutors urged caution at the start of Mr Bragg’s term.

“Progressive criminal justice reform has to find a balance,” said Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Mr Vance’s former deputy. “Old school law enforcement went too far in one direction, but the lessons we’re learning in some large cities show that others have gone too far in the other direction.”

“I believe Alvin can find that balance,” she said.

In the Democratic primary for district attorneys, Mr. Bragg, a former federal prosecutor, represented an ideological middle ground. His competitors included three lawyers without prosecutor experience, two of whom pledged to halve the office’s budget if elected. Some of his rivals who had experience in prosecution suggested he would make a less sweeping change in office than Mr Bragg had pledged.

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In an interview, the Philadelphia district attorney, Krasner, who was re-elected to a second term in November, said that Mr Bragg will undoubtedly face resistance from institutions within the district attorney’s office and from institutions outside it, including the courts. Police, news media and even elements of the Democratic Party.

“There is always going to be some confusion and resistance to change, even among people who work in good faith,” said Mr. Kasner.

Many of Mr Bragg’s associates in other cities have faced sharp criticism from victims’ rights groups, traditional law enforcement officials and others in their communities as they seek to change the justice system from within. It remains to be seen whether Mr Bragg will receive a similar greeting in his first months on the job.

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