Amid backlash against progressive prosecutors by critics who say they are soft on crime, some of them seem to be doubling down on their controversial policies.
For his part, District Attorney Alvin Bragg in Manhattan, New York, made it clear that he will not be backing away from his stances on prosecuting criminal charges.
“A holistic analysis of the facts”
According to reports, Bragg addressed criticism of his policies during a teleconference with a major New York City-based business group.
Various executives raised concerns about the city’s rising crime rate, noting that it has caused some employees to fear for their safety while commuting to and from work.
The CEO of Deliott USA used the example of one employee who died after being pushed into an oncoming subway train.
While Bragg asserted that he listened to the concerns of the business community and assured his critics that public safety remains a top priority for his office. Nevertheless, he declined to retreat from his approach to crime.
A memo from the district attorney pushed an agenda rooted in finding “diversion” techniques that do not include jail time, calling for “a holistic analysis of the facts, criminal history, victim’s input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma), and any other information available.”
Connections to top Democrats
As Fox News explained, there are exceptions for crimes including murder, corruption, and serious sex offenses, other crimes — like armed robbery — can be prosecuted as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Bragg has further indicated a desire to limit prison sentences for convicted murderers to 20 years.
Bragg has sought to clarify some of his positions, reiterating that he will enforce the law and lock up criminals. He also insisted that prosecutors will make their own decisions when determining which penalties are appropriate for individual cases.
For the most part, however, he appears to be moving forward with his approach.
Despite the criticism of many conservatives, the Manhattan district attorney has widespread support on the left, including from Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and billionaire George Soros.
In fact, Bragg received campaign contributions from a political action committee that received a $1 million donation from Soros.