When I first ran for Manhattan District Attorney, I promised that I would approach every aspect of the office with two questions - Does it make us safer? And is it fair?
I am proud to say that working together, we have championed safety on our streets and fairness in our courts while fostering integrity, innovation and excellence in the office where I began my legal career.
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October 15, 2017 | New York Daily News
Unlike other public officers, prosecutors are often not able to explain their actions — no matter how much we might want to, and no matter how loudly our constituents demand that we do. This is especially so in grand jury investigations, which are required by law to remain secret. That’s why I’ve asked an independent group to help us radically reduce the appearance of influence of money in our work. It's why I've asked the folks at CAPI to look at other jurisdictions around the country and the world, and recommend any steps that we can take, on our own accord, to raise New Yorkers’ confidence that money and power are meaningless before the law.New York Daily News
October 10, 2017 | New York Post
“This was a brutal stranger assault, and I commend the victim for her bravery in bringing her attacker to justice,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in a statement.New York Post
October 2, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
The events in Las Vegas are beyond tragic or reason. All New Yorkers wish the people of Nevada, the families of the victims, and the survivors strength and resolve in the difficult days to come.The Manhattan District Attorney
September 14, 2017 | New York Amsterdam News
As Manhattan’s district attorney, it is my responsibility to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient and more effective for all. And if we are going to build a more just system, we must begin by safely reducing unnecessary contact with the criminal justice system. Each new initiative contemplated by my office is scrutinized through that lens, and if a past policy inhibits that goal or contributes to an injustice, we have a duty to reform it.New York Amsterdam News
September 7, 2017 | Politico
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced that his office is changing its plea guidelines for marijuana arrests to lighten penalties for first- and second-time offenders, effective Tuesday. The new approach is expected to help some immigrants avoid penalties that could lead to deportation and comes amid backlash from municipalities and states over President Donald Trump's immigration policies — specifically the use of courts to identify and deport undocumented immigrants. Vance announced that his office is also working on a policy, to be implemented in the spring, to end prosecutions for low-level drug possession.Politico