Instead of announcing his plans to deal with a New York City crime spike in virtually every major crime category, newly sworn in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has handed down a list of crimes that he won’t prosecute. Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News reports that Bragg’s plan for “decriminalization / non-prosecution” forbids holding offenders for drug possession, subway turnstile jumping, fighting with cops (resisting arrest), trespassing and prostitution accountable. He also will not seek prison or jail sentences for any crime other than homicide or violent felonies stating that “reserving incarceration for matters involving significant harm will make us safer.” Departing slightly from his wokemate, LA District Attorney George Gascon, Bragg vows to never seek a maximum prison sentence, even for multiple murderers, of longer than 20 years and will never seek a sentence of life without parole. The more sympathetic Gascon will not seek a maximum sentence for any criminal of more than 15 years.
Bragg, like Gascon was elected with significant financial support from progressive billionaire George Soros, who has spent most of the last 20 years bankrolling soft-on-crime prosecutors and ballot measures. Bragg also shares his no-bail/low bail position on arrestees with Soros sponsored Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and Gascon. It should be noted that Philly, San Francisco and LA are awash with crime and violence. The nearly 100,000 offenders released on New York streets with zero bail since 2019 have helped drive the city to achieve 100,000 murders, robberies, violent assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto thefts last year. Some 3,400 of those released offenders have been rearrested for violent felonies. The New York Police Benevolent Association told reporters “We continue to have serious concerns about the message these types of policies send to both police officers and criminals on the street. Police officers don’t want to be sent out to enforce laws that the district attorney won’t prosecute.”
History unequivocally demonstrates that when consequences for criminal behavior are eliminated or reduced, you get more criminal behavior. The public is beginning to figure this out, and the woke District Attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles are facing recalls. It will be interesting to see how much crime and violence folks in Manhattan will tolerate before turning on Mr. Bragg.