Filter Magazine: NYC Defenders: District Attorneys Breaking Their Promises to End Marijuana Prosecutions
“On June 11, New York City public defenders released data demonstrating that district attorneys are continuing to prosecute “low-level” marijuana offense cases—even though they have publicly declared that they will discontinue doing so. Nearly 1,200 cases were brought in the first five months of 2019, according to their analysis.
A group of collaborating organizations—the Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, New York County Defender Services and Neighborhood Defender Services Harlem—has made aggregate caseload data publicly available. The figures show that Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is pursuing the highest number of unlawful marijuana possession charges: 325 in the first five months of 2019. Meanwhile Bronx District Attorney Darcey Clark is prosecuting 42 percent of all fifth-degree possession cases being brought across the five boroughs.”
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