JUSTICE FOR ALL

Ama’s plan to make Brooklyn safer and fairer

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Ama’s Plan

It’s true that Brooklyn has achieved major public safety gains over the last few decades and that crime has gone down significantly overall. But lower crime does not mean justice for all in Brooklyn.

Many neighborhoods still suffer from significant public safety issues—including frequent shootings and other violent crime.

There are also still many, many Brooklynites who need help from the criminal justice system, but aren’t receiving it—including the abused, neglected and exploited.

And, perhaps most critically, many Brooklynites do not believe that our criminal justice system represents their values—and they have lost faith in police, prosecutors and the courts.

Something must be done to improve quality of life and prevent crime in neighborhoods that have not seen the same gains as others, to protect the most vulnerable among us, and to rebuild the Brooklynites’ trust in their criminal justice system.

The following is Ama’s three-part plan to fundamentally reorient the Brooklyn DA’s office to address those urgent issues by: restoring trust in alienated communities throughout Brooklyn; focusing on crime prevention, not just prosecution; and advocating for our most vulnerable.

As DA, Ama will work to create a criminal justice system that represents Brooklyn’s values and delivers Justice for All. Read more about her vision below.

The Justice for All plan:

 
 
 
RESTORE THE TRUST:

Years of overly aggressive policing tactics, unnecessary prosecutions, and a dysfunctional court system has left entire communities in Brooklyn feeling alienated and distrustful of their criminal justice system.

Ama will restore the trust by:

  • Setting prosecution
    priorities that reflect Brooklyn’s values.

  • Delivering justice for the wrongfully convicted.

  • Working directly with communities to improve quality of life

  • Reducing unnecessary incarceration.

  • Bringing true transparency to the DA’s office, including regular reports on what kind of cases are being prosecuted and who the defendants are.



Read Ama’s full Integrity Agenda for the DA’s office here

Ama’s Integrity Agenda
  • Setting prosecution
    priorities that reflect Brooklyn’s values.

  • Delivering justice for the wrongfully convicted.

  • Working directly with communities to improve quality of life

  • Reducing unnecessary incarceration.

  • Bringing true transparency to the DA’s office, including regular reports on what kind of cases are being prosecuted and who the defendants are.

Prevent to protect:

Ama believes that the way to make Brooklyn safer and fairer is to focus the DA’s office on crime prevention, not just prosecution. That is why, as DA, she will fundamentally reorient the DA’s office to address the underlying causes of crime, and not just crime itself.

Ama will prevent crime to protect Brooklyn by:

  • Focusing on high-risk youth
    to put them on the
    right path before
    they are lost to thecriminal justice system.

  • Applying advanced analytics of crime data and other factors to identify and address problem areas and more precisely deliver preventative services.

  • Engaging in “proactive justice” by expanding
    community access to DA’s office staff and dealing with outstanding summonses and warrants.

Advocate for the vulnerable:

Ama spent the vast majority of her time as a prosecutor fighting on behalf of victims—many of whom were amongst Brooklyn’s most vulnerable residents. As DA, Ama will be their strongest voice as an advocate, not just an administrator.

Ama will advocate for the most vulnerable Brooklynites by:

  • Re-establishing and expanding the Crimes Against Children Unit – which she founded – to reduce these horrible crimes.

  • Including victims in the justice process, including them in plea dispositions and in other ways in order to make sure their voice is heard.

  • Directing staff to help prevent unnecessary deportations and other penalties for low-level immigrant offenders.

  • Creating a dedicated team of prosecutors to prevent fraud against seniors and to secure restitution.

  • Launching a walk-in help center for tenants.

  • Protecting women by putting new office resources in to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking networks.

  • Founding a Labor Unit at the DA’s office to investigate and prosecute crimes against workers.

  • Re-establishing and expanding the Crimes Against Children Unit – which she founded – to reduce these horrible crimes.

  • Including victims in the justice process, including them in plea dispositions and in other ways in order to make sure their voice is heard.

  • Directing staff to help prevent unnecessary deportations and other penalties for low-level immigrant offenders.

  • Creating a dedicated team of prosecutors to prevent fraud against seniors and to secure restitution.

  • Launching a walk-in help center for tenants.

  • Protecting women by putting new office resources in to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking networks.

  • Founding a Labor Unit at the DA’s office to investigate and prosecute crimes against workers.