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  • Trafficking Ring Used Buses To Move Guns From South Carolina To New York, DA Says

    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.

  • Juvenile Justice in New York

    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.

  • DA Vance Invests $58 Million in Youth and Families to Prevent Crime

    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.

  • Manhattan DA announces $58M won in cases against 'bad guys' to go to youth programs

    Daily News

    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."

  • Manhattan DA Announces $58 Million Effort To Prevent Crime

    CBS New York

    Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is awarding millions to community-based programs in an effort to prevent crime.

    “If we want to get serious about making our communities safer, we have to be serious about investing in our communities,” Vance said.

    The district attorney is giving $58 million in criminal forfeiture funds from international banks to non-profits that work with at-risk youth in Harlem, Washington Heights and the Lower East Side.

  • Statement by Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on City Council Speaker’s 2017 State of the City Address

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    “Outstanding warrants for years-old, low-level violations drive law enforcement and communities apart. New Yorkers with outstanding summons warrants face unnecessary employment and immigration consequences, and live in fear of arrest following any police encounter, which means they cannot collaborate with the NYPD and District Attorneys to keep our communities safe.

  • DA Vance on the conviction of Pedro Hernandez for the murder of Etan Patz

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of PEDRO HERNANDEZ, 56, for kidnapping and murdering six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared while walking to a school bus stop in 1979. The defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of one count each of Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the First Degree. HERNANDEZ is expected to be sentenced on February 28, 2017.

  • DA Vance Announces Release of “Domestic Violence Initiative” Task Force Report

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Following Report’s Recommendation, District Attorney’s Office to Equip Prosecutors in Manhattan Family Justice Center and Manhattan Child Advocacy Center with “Alternative Light Source” Technology to Better Observe and Document Bruising and Other Injuries.

  • DA Vance to Kick Off Human Trafficking Hackathon

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    More than 100 Students Will Attend Presentations by District Attorney Vance and Partners Before “Coding for a Cause” This Weekend.

  • DA Vance Announces Investments to Prevent Crime and Reform the Justice System

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced three significant investments aimed at preventing crime and reforming the justice system, including new funding opportunities for: early diversion programs for low-level misdemeanor offenders; social enterprises for young people and formerly incarcerated individuals; and innovative transition programs for youth who are transitioning out of foster care. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is funding these initiatives through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which it created using criminal forfeiture funds – separate from the Office’s annual budget or taxpayer dollars – obtained through settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions.