Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg apologizes for confusion over his soft-on-crime policy
Woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg apologizes for ‘confusion’ over his soft-on-crime policy, but REFUSES to back off despite weeks of criticism
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has apologized for the “confusion” over his new policy of lowering many felony charges, but he has not backed down from his stance despite weeks of criticism.
In comments Thursday at a NYU School of Law virtual conference, Bragg blamed poor messaging and communication for backlash over his stance, lowering many charges and refusing to demand prison terms for all but the most serious crimes. .
“I take full responsibility for that confusion caused by the memo,” he said of his Jan. 3 policy note, which was heavily criticized by the likes of NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
‘[It] left many New Yorkers rightfully concerned about how we’ll keep them safe,” he added, blaming the memo’s dense legalistic language.
“I still have a lot to learn about communication and messaging,” Bragg admitted on Thursday. ‘Lesson learned.’
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has apologized for ‘confusion’ over his new policy of lowering many felony charges but is not backing down
Bragg’s controversial “Day One” policy memo instructed his office to stop prosecuting minor offenses, including marijuana offenses, prostitution, resisting arrest and evading tariffs.
He also instructed prosecutors to stop demanding prison terms for crimes other than murder, crimes resulting in serious injury, domestic violence, sex crimes, public corruption and “major economic crimes.”
Aside from the same list of offenses, Bragg’s prosecutors have also been told they are not seeking bail for suspects pending trial.
The memo also outlines a number of circumstances in which charges should be lowered, including certain cases of armed robbery and drug trafficking.
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