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.
With murders having reached a low point in Manhattan, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Police Department have begun an unusually close collaboration aimed at driving down other crimes, chief among them grand larceny, domestic violence and cybercrime.
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On January 27, 2014, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr celebrated the start of his second term at the NY Surrogates Court with his colleages and supporters.
Fifty years ago, identity theft typically involved a single actor who forged a driver’s license, walked into a bank and withdrew funds from a target account. Today, organized criminal rings are in the business of stealing thousands of identities and millions of dollars. But a crime ring can steal $2,001 or $2 million and the punishment is identical. Criminals who steal more money from more people should get the treatment they deserve.
Feaured on CNBC: one of the biggest cyber-crime cases that we or any other group of prosecutors ever tackled. In it, my office successfully prosecuted a crime ring that stretched from New York City to Kiev. Its members stole and sold more than 100,000 pieces of personal information, including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, online usernames and passwords.
March 27, 2017 | Newsday
James Jackson, the Baltimore man who allegedly came to New York to kill blacks and stabbed Timothy Caughman to death last week on a midtown street corner, was indicted Monday for first- and second-degree murder as an act of terrorism and as a hate crime.Newsday
March 23, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the launch of “Too New York to Hate,” an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging victims and witnesses of potential hate crimes to report such incidents to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Hate Crimes Unit. District Attorney Vance will introduce the new campaign tonight at a community forum on hate crimes hosted with New York City Council Members Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, and Bill Perkins at West Side High School on West 102nd Street.The Manhattan District Attorney
March 22, 2017 | CBS New York
Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Manhattan DA Cy Vance announced criminal charges against an interstate gun trafficking ring on Wednesday.
The fourteen month investigation yielded 105 illegal guns. Vance said three people from South Carolina brought the guns to the city on buses to Chinatown — along the so-called ‘iron pipeline’ — before taking Uber or the subway to Harlem so the guns could be resold.CBS New York
March 15, 2017 | The New York Times OpEd
The adult criminal justice system is not developmentally appropriate for teenagers. As compared with their peers in juvenile facilities, young New Yorkers incarcerated in adult prisons are more likely to suffer abuse and assault, and more likely to reoffend when they get out.The New York Times OpEd
February 27, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity Hubs,” a first-of-its-kind effort to knit together community-based providers and build new physical spaces for young people in target Manhattan neighborhoods; and an additional $12 million investment to help existing organizations specializing in family and youth development expand their capacity and develop innovative new services.The Manhattan District Attorney