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:
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:
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: