Despite reform efforts intended to crack down on crime put in place by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, we recently learned that the NYPD is still losing police officers at an alarming pace. In their exit interviews, many of the departing cops cited the fact that the criminals they manage to arrest are generally back out on the streets the next day thanks to the soft-on-crime district attorneys and prosecutors in the Big Apple. Now, in what may seem like a bit of irony, it’s been revealed that Gotham is losing prosecutors at a similar pace through either resignations or early retirement. And the reasons given by many of them sound suspiciously similar to those offered by the departing cops. (NY Post)
The number of prosecutors fleeing the city’s district attorneys’ offices has spiraled in the wake of criminal justice reforms that have created what one ex-top prosecutor called “insanity.”
Sixty-five assistant district attorneys, or about 12 percent of the staff, have resigned so far this year from Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s office, up from about 44 through the end of March. During all of 2021, 97 ADAs quit…
When Bragg took the helm of the Manhattan office in January, at least nine lawyers quit in the first two weeks, The Post revealed.
The trend can definitely be traced back to the day that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was sworn in. He issued a now-infamous “Day One Memo” describing how he was going to prosecute as few people as possible and not keep people behind bars if it could be avoided. As noted above, nine prosecutors quit his office in the first two weeks. Less than six months later, sixty-five prosecutors have departed. That adds up to more than 10 percent of their entire roster of prosecutors.
The new and equally woke Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez has produced the same sort of exodus. 67 of the roughly 500 prosecutors there have quit. They represented 13% of the available prosecutors. The Bronx DA’s office lost almost sixty as well.
Not all of the departing prosecutors are solely blaming the woke DAs, however. They are casting blame on the state government’s legislature also. New criminal justice “reform” laws require prosecutors to turn over reams of material to defense attorneys on a compressed schedule. Those rules recently resulted in a serial stabber from the Bloods street gang being released from jail yet again after attacking another victim. Other similar cases were cited by some of the departing DAs.
This is turning into a vicious cycle. The cops are leaving because the criminals aren’t being kept behind bars by the prosecutors. Some of the prosecutors are leaving because they’re not being allowed to do their jobs. And some of the prosecutors who were willing to stick around and at least try are being impeded by the state’s woke “criminal justice reform” laws.
You know where that leaves us, right? Even if you arrest every gangbanger out there every day, if you don’t have enough prosecutors to handle the case load, they’re going to be tossed back out on the streets anyway. The longer this pattern has continued, the more we’ve seen that it’s not just the cops and the prosecutors who are leaving. The law-abiding citizens who you can no longer protect are bailing out as well. If that goes on long enough you’re going to have a city populated almost exclusively by criminals and politicians. And it’s already hard enough to tell them apart as it is.