February 27, 2017 |
Invest, don't prosecute.
That was the Manhattan District Attorney's message Monday as he announced a $58 million investment in inner city organizations.
Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office will use money obtained prosecuting big corporations for good.
"I understand, as well as anybody, that if you really want to reduce crime, you have to invest in your community," Vance told the crowd at The Door in SoHo. He quoted Frederick Douglass saying, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
The nearly $60 million funds "from bad guys" is going to various city organizations that aid inner-city New Yorkers, including The Door, Community Connections for Youth, Henry Street Settlement and many others.
"Prosecutors have to understand that we are not prosecuting and arresting our way out of this problem," Vance said.