Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone in the NYC market have a sense of the different focuses of each of the NYC DA's Offices? Like, does one office do more felonies than another, does one office tend to do a lot of DUIs, etc? Am I more likely to do ___ work at one office than at another office?
The New Bronx DA, Darcel Clark, recently implemented a new unit specifically aimed at Rikers that will eventually have 30 prosecutors and a new "office" there. The new unit is supposed to investigate claims of guard misconduct at Rikers more efficiently and hopefully cut down on some of the astronomical wait times defendants experience.
The Brooklyn DA, Ken Thompson, has implemented a new unit of prosecutors aimed exclusively at reviewing claims of wrongful convictions. ~20 people have had their convictions overturned in Brooklyn since he took office in 2014. In addition, the Brooklyn DA was the first to refuse to prosecute low-level marijuana offenses. They've also created a program called Begin Again in which members of the public can go before a judge and have their low-level summons arrest warrants dismissed.
Just last month the Manhattan DA, Cy Vance, led another gun buy-back program where members of the public could receive prepaid gift cards in exchange for gun, no questions asked. They, along with the Brooklyn DA, have had multiple buyback programs in Manhattan. DA Vance also recently opened another office in Washington Heights.
The Queens DA, Richard Brown just celebrated 25 years in office and is requesting money from the city for additional funding for an anti-gun unit.
The types of crimes prosecuted will for the most part be more similar than different for junior ADAs with some geographical differences (i.e. I can't imagine as many suspended license cases in Manhattan, but who knows?).
In addition to the above poster's info,
DA Vance has also been trying (and succeeding) in giving DANY a reputation for pursuing white collar crime. Also their big HSBC settlement has been used to fund a lot of extraordinary (for DA offices) projects such as clearing the nationwide backlog of rape kits and funding the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (https://nnscommunities.org/our-work/iip
DA Thompson, in Kings County, has also focused on making the office's Human Trafficking Unit a model unit for the country. It's very interdisciplinary incorporating alternative court parts, rackets, sex crimes, and counseling programs (such as "John" school). Also, while a Hynes program, the Red Hook Community Justice Center (http://www.courtinnovation.org/project/ ... ice-center
), itself an expansion of concept of the the Midtown Community Court in Manhattan (http://www.courtinnovation.org/project/ ... nity-court
,) is currently a model for alternatives to traditional court systems world wide. I've visited that part a couple of times throughout the years and it just blows me away how much the people there care.
As for the Bronx, and DA Clark, it's a little too early to tell but reform at Riker's seems to be her primary goal. Not only the addition of a court part and satellite office out there, but also implementing a better tracking system and performance metric for ADAs to speed up dispositions and prevent another Kalief Browder.
My experience with Queens DA (even though I'm a resident) is very limited to friends who practice crim. defense and a couple of interview rounds there. Not a very favorable impression in my opinion and I'll just leave it at that.