Alvin Bragg’s newest concession on combating crime nonetheless isn’t sufficient

It’s progress, however with a protracted approach to go: District Attorney Alvin Bragg has pledged to work with the NYPD to combat the shoplifting surge decimating small companies by going after repeat offenders, says Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for NYC.

Yet it took him almost six months to take this scourge severely, regardless of an infinite wave of tales about modest mom-and-pop retailers in addition to high-end retailers getting slammed by thieves.

And that also leaves all too many areas the place he refuses to cooperate with the Police Department, not to mention again it up. Overall, he’s nonetheless largely standing behind his infamous Day 1 memo ordering his prosecutors to cease looking for jail sentences in a bunch of circumstances and to downgrade felony prices.

That is, he hasn’t remotely repudiated his general philosophy of retaining criminals out of jail and jail; he’s solely making spot concessions in areas the place the warmth is an excessive amount of.

Of course, he is aware of he doesn’t face the specter of a recall election like those that simply ousted San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and threaten LA’s George Gascón, nor the state impeachment proceedings just begun in opposition to Philly’s Larry Krasner. Nor is he but involved over the vow of Rep. Lee Zeldin to remove him if he wins; Gov. Kathy Hochul nonetheless dithers when requested in regards to the Manhattan DA.

It took Alvin Bragg almost six months to take this scourge severely.
AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File

Yet the very fact stays: New Yorkers are fed up not simply with rampant shoplifting, but additionally the wave of smash-and-grab robberies, shootings and different crimes. And they rightly worry the summer time months will convey much more mayhem.

If Bragg desires to really present he will get the message, he must not simply abandon his complete “decarceration” method, however to make a very notable break with progressive orthodoxy.

Announcing that he’ll start routinely prosecuting subway and bus fare-beaters can be an excellent begin.



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