February 27, 2017 | 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.CBS New York
February 16, 2017 | 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.The Manhattan District Attorney
February 14, 2017 | 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.The Manhattan District Attorney
October 27, 2016 | 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.The Manhattan District Attorney
October 6, 2016 | The Manhattan District Attorney
More than 100 Students Will Attend Presentations by District Attorney Vance and Partners Before “Coding for a Cause” This Weekend.The Manhattan District Attorney
September 29, 2016 | 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.The Manhattan District Attorney
September 22, 2016 | The New York Times
Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., expressed outrage that stores in New York continued to profit from ivory sales, even after the Legislature had banned them except in limited cases. “Sadly, New York remains one of the world markets for elephant ivory and I think it’s unacceptable,” he said. “If you are trading in the bounty of these endangered species, now is the time to stop.”The New York Times
April 25, 2016 | CBS New York
Officials are setting up a mobile courtroom on the Lower East Side this weekend, hoping to get people with minor offenses hanging over their heads to come out of the shadows and resolve their outstanding summons warrants.CBS New York
September 10, 2015 | NBC News
For years, they've been collecting dust — tens of thousands of evidence kits that could lead police to serial rapists but have never been tested.
But now, almost $80 million is being earmarked to help clear the massive backlog and hopefully get justice for sexual assault survivors.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is putting $38 million in forfeiture funds toward the cause.NBC News
September 10, 2015 | New York County DA's Office
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of approximately $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the United States to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or “rape kits.” The two-year awards, ranging in amount from approximately $97,000 to $2 million, will help test an estimated 56,475 rape kits, generating DNA evidence that will help solve cases across the country.New York County DA's Office