Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner O'Neill Unveil New Policy to Reduce Unnecessary Marijuana Arrests
June 19, 2018
By September 1st, the majority of New Yorkers found smoking in public to receive criminal summonses which will help reduce marijuana arrests by about 10,000 per year
First Lady Chirlane McCray Announces Groundbreaking City Initiative to Intervene in and Reduce Domestic Violence
May 2, 2018
First Lady Chirlane McCray announced Interrupting Violence At Home, a groundbreaking citywide effort to address domestic violence through services, training, and intervention for abusive partners who are not involved in the criminal justice system.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Launch of Online Bail in New York City
April 27, 2018
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced the launch of an online bail payment system, which will make it easier for New Yorkers to pay bail – including when a friend or relative cannot get to court or a DOC facility to pay in person.
Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray Launch NYC Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force
April 19, 2018
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray and City Council Members today launched the NYC Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force, a 180 day effort to develop a comprehensive, citywide strategy to prevent mental health crises and improve the City’s response to emotionally distressed New Yorkers.
City to Invest $3 Million Per Year in Services to Reduce the Number of Teens in City Custody
April 18, 2018
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio announced a $3 million annual investment to provide an array of services to young people that will help safely drive down the number of teenagers in city custody and advance the City’s commitment to provide young people in trouble with high quality programming that addresses underlying issues in their lives.
Transcript: Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray Announce $22 Million Expansion of City's Plan to Combat Opioid Epidemic
March 19, 2018
First Lady Chirlane McCray: Good morning, everyone. And thank you – thank you, Fredi for sharing your story. I cannot imagine having to sit here and relive, retell that story again. It breaks my heart and – my heart breaks for your family.
Mayor de Blasio and City Council Reach Agreement to Replace Rikers Island Jails with Community-Based Facilities
February 14, 2018
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson announced an agreement today to move forward on closing Rikers Island and creating a smaller, safer and fairer borough-based jail system.
First Lady Chirlane McCray Announces NYCHOPE, New Web Portal for Survivors of Domestic Violence
February 8, 2018
NEW YORK—First Lady Chirlane McCray today announced the launch of New York City's first-ever, web-based portal, NYCHOPE, dedicated to providing resources to survivors and information to all City residents about how to help someone experiencing domestic violence.
First Lady Chirlane McCray Announces $6 Million Investment to Break Cycle of Incarceration for Women in NYC
February 1, 2018
NEW YORK—Today First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a set of new initiatives designed to break the cycle of incarceration for women in New York City. The City will expand programming to support family connections and resilience, enhance critical behavioral health services and create a network of re-entry services that help women and their families stabilize and prevent future returns to jail.
New Text Message Reminders for Summons Recipients Improves Attendance in Court and Dramatically Cuts Warrants
January 24, 2018
New York City partnered with behavioral economics firm ideas42 and the University of Chicago Crime Lab to test simple "nudges" to get people to court; text reminders improved appearance rates, resulting in thousands fewer arrest warrants.
New York City to Close First Jail on Rikers Island by Summer 2018
January 2, 2018
The de Blasio Administration announced today that it will close its first jail on Rikers Island this summer as part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island. The closure is made possible by the dramatic reduction of the City’s jail population, which fell below 9,000 for the month of December, a record-low figure last reported in 1982. As of January 1, the Department of Correction’s jail population is 8,705.
Mayor de Blasio Announces City Jail Population is Below 9,000 for the First Time in 35 Years
December 27, 2017
Mayor de Blasio today announced the New York City jail population has fallen below 9,000, and the City is on track for a monthly jail population below 9,000 for the first time in more than three decades. With just a few days left in the month, the average daily population for December is 8,980, and today's population is 8,783.
De Blasio Administration and Brownsville Community Leaders Announce NYCx Co-Lab Challenges in Brownsville
October 23, 2017
City invites tech community to propose and test new solutions to modernize public infrastructure, support neighborhood development, and bridge the digital divide NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Deputy Mayor...
First Lady Chirlane McCray Announces Expansion of Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Resources in Support of Survivors, Families and Youth Education
October 23, 2017
City will invest additional $3.9 million to prevent and reduce domestic violence, including healthy relationship education in middle schools, a new comprehensive web-based portal and public awareness campaign, and new resources to help survivors...
Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce 90 Percent Drop in Criminal Court Summonses Under Criminal Justice Reform Act that Sends Minor Offenses to Adminstrative Court
October 20, 2017
In first 16 weeks under the Criminal Justice Reform Act, 50,000 fewer criminal court summonses were issued citywide – reducing the number of unnecessary warrants and arrest. Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito announced today that the City's enforcement of certain minor offenses, specifically giving officers the option of issuing a civil ticket instead of a criminal court summons under the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA), has led to a historic 90 percent drop in criminal court summonses being issued while crime has continued to decline citywide. This steep reduction in criminal court summonses means thousands of New Yorkers will never face the threat of arrest for failure to appear in court for a low-level offense.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Creation of New Youth Court in the Bronx
October 5, 2017
Mayor de Blasio announced funding for a new youth court in the Bronx, which will train young people to serve as jurors, judges and attorneys as well as to adjudicate real-life cases involving their peers. The announcement came at a town hall in the 15th Council District in the Bronx.
Shootings fell sharply in neighborhoods operating NYC-funded 'Cure Violence' programs, new study shows
October 2nd, 2017
A core component of the City’s approach to public safety – the use of “credible messengers” to identify and engage individuals most likely to be involved in gun violence and to defuse conflicts before they escalate – was associated with steep declines in shootings in two New York City neighborhoods and increased confidence in police, according to a comprehensive study by the Research & Evaluation Center at John College of Criminal Justice.
City to prevent 2,000 low-risk people from entering jail every year
August 31st, 2017
The New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice today announced the expansion of a pioneering bail expediting program that will keep nearly 2,000 low-risk people out of jail every year. The program helps people pay bail following arraignment, ensures defendants are held at the courthouse instead of going to Rikers while the bail money is raised and assists those navigating the bail payment process. The bail expediting program is funded by the City of New York and operated by the New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA), a not-for-profit corporation with which the City contracts to provide pretrial services.
Mayor de Blasio Announces "Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island"
June 22, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio today launched "Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island," 18 concrete steps the City is taking now to make it possible to close Rikers Island and replace it with a smaller network of modern, safe, and humane facilities.
City Opens New "Teen Lounge" Community Center at Brownsville Houses
May 16, 2017
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) today announced the start of programming at the new Brownsville Teen Lounge at the Brownsville Houses in Brooklyn. The new Teen Lounge provides a dedicated safe space for young people, who otherwise have to travel to community centers in other public housing developments as Brownsville is the only public housing development in the area without a community center.
Mayor de Blasio Announces $90 Million Investment in Reducing Low-Level Arrests for People with Behavioral Health Needs
May 12, 2017
Mayor de Blasio today announced that the City is investing nearly $90 million for two new diversion centers scheduled to open next year. These diversion centers will offer short-term stabilizing services for individuals with mental health and substance use needs, providing police officers the option to bring these individuals to a diversion center as an alternative to arrest. These centers will be able to divert approximately 2,400 people annually who would otherwise be arrested on low-level charges.
De Blasio Administration Releases Domestic Violence Task Force Report
May 1, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today released the Domestic Violence Task Force Report, recommendations to reduce domestic violence in New York City. The city will invest nearly $7 million to better apprehend abusers as well as ensure support for survivors. Domestic violence crime is rising in New York City: the number of intimate partner homicides rose from 26 in 2015 to 37 in 2016, and the number of domestic violence incident reports rose from 74,684 in 2015 to 91,617 in 2016.
Statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio on Closure of Rikers Island
March 31, 2017
New York City has always been better than Rikers Island. I am proud to chart a course for our city that lives up to this reality. Our success in reducing crime and reforming our criminal justice system has paved a path off Rikers Island and toward community-based facilities capable of meeting our criminal justice goals.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Re-Entry Services for Everyone in City Jails by End of This Year
March 29, 2017
Mayor de Blasio today announced that by the end of this year, every person in the Department of Correction's custody will receive re-entry services to help connect them with jobs and opportunities outside of jail, as well as five hours of programming per day during their stay to address vocational, educational, and therapeutic needs. The Mayor also reiterated major reductions in the jail population in the last three years.
Mayor de Blasio Announces 18% Drop in City Jail Population Since taking Office
March 23, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the New York City jail population has fallen by 18% since taking office, outpacing any three year decline since 2001. The average daily population declined from 11,478 in December 2013, just before Mayor de Blasio took office, to an average of 9,362 this month. In the last year alone, the jail population has fallen by 6% from 9,981 in March of last year. This drop was largely driven by intentional efforts to reduce the number of people who go into jail and how long they stay while protecting public safety.
Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Department of Health Announce Successful Rollout of "Justice-Involved Supportive Housing" Program Stabilizing Individuals Who Frequently Cycle Through Jail And Shelter
March 15, 2017
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today announced that 97 individuals in New York City who most frequently cycled through jail on low-level charges, stayed in City shelters, and struggled with behavioral health needs have been connected to permanent supportive housing through a program called "Justice-Involved Supportive Housing." This approach has been shown to reduce returns to jail by 38 percent and to save $16,000 per individual in annual jail, shelter, and emergency room costs.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Expansion of Programs to Keep Students in School and Improve Overall School Safety
February 27, 2017
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, New York City Police Department, and Department of Education today announced the expansion of school justice initiatives designed to minimize unnecessary court involvement for students and increase effective school-based interventions. The City also released the fourth quarter Student Safety Act data, showing that school-based arrests and summonses are continuing to decline as crime for the first half of this school year decreased by 7 percent compared to the previous year, reaching an all-time low.
Mayor de Blasio, City Council Launch Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence
February 3, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the creation of the Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence. Housed within the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the new Office will oversee an expansion of effective, innovative violence intervention strategies. The City is investing $22.5 million this fiscal year, split between the Administration and the City Council. In the future, the Administration is investing $16 million annually.
Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and NYCHA Announce Completion of Major Safety Lighting Installations and Expanded Programs to Reduce Crime at Butler Houses and Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx
December 20, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) today announced the completion of an $8.2 million safety-lighting installation project at Castle Hill Houses and a $2.4 million safety-lighting installation project at Butler Houses--both in the Bronx. The City replaced the developments' outdated exterior lighting system with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting located at entrances, walkways and parking areas.
Mayor de Blasio Launches Domestic Violence Task Force to Hold Abusers Accountable and Provide Pathways to Safety for Survivors
November 18, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio today launched the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force, a 150-day sprint to develop a comprehensive citywide strategy to reduce domestic violence by intervening as early as possible, enhancing pathways to safety for survivors and ensuring swift, effective and lasting enforcement to hold abusers accountable. The Task Force, consisting of experts from inside and outside government as well as survivors, is charged with developing durable solutions to a problem that persists nationwide.
Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and NYCHA Announce Completion of 273 New Safety Lights and Expanded Programs to Reduce Crime at Saint Nicholas houses in Manhattan
November 2, 2016
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) today announced the completion of a $2.5 million safety-lighting installation project at Saint Nicholas Houses in Manhattan. The City replaced the development's outdated exterior lighting system with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting located at entrances, walkways and parking areas.
Delivering for Public Housing: Mayor de Blasio Announces Completion of 358 New Safety Lights and Expanded Programs to Reduce Crime at Staten Island's Stapleton Houses
August 4, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) today announced the completion of a $3.1 million safety-lighting installation project at Stapleton Houses in Staten Island. The City replaced the development's outdated exterior lighting system with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting located at entrances, walkways and parking areas. The installation of 358 new lighting fixtures at Stapleton Houses is a key part of the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP).
De Blasio Administration Announces New School Climate Initiatives to Make NYC Schools Safer, Fairer and More Transparent
July 21, 2016
The de Blasio Administration today announced the second phase of its roadmap to promote safe schools and end overly punitive school discipline policies. The changes announced today end suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade, replacing suspensions with more age-appropriate discipline techniques. The reforms add more than $47 million annually to support school climate initiatives and mental health services – conducted in partnership with ThriveNYC – and set clear protocols for the removal or addition of scanners in schools while also expanding NYPD school-based data that is reported publicly.
Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice Announces Next Step in Strategy to Fight Violent Crime: $32 Million in Targeted, Anti-Violence Prosecution Strategies
June 17, 2016
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice today announced $32 million in targeted investments that will provide District Attorneys with tools to combat the leading drivers of violent crime in each borough. This package is the first in City history to explicitly include resources to measure which prosecution strategies most effectively reduce violence. The investment advances a citywide commitment to make evidence-driven decisions about public safety.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Completion of 305 New Safety Lights and Expanded Programs to Reduce Crime at Brooklyn's Bushwick Houses
June 15, 2016
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the completion of 305 new LED light fixtures across the Brooklyn development as part of the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP). He was joined by New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye, NYPD Housing Bureau Chief James Secreto, Amy Sananman from the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, and elected officials at Bushwick Houses. Since July 2014, MAP – a comprehensive strategy to reduce violence in 15 public housing developments – has enhanced collaboration between the New York City Police Department, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the New York City Housing Authority, and public housing residents to address crime reduction.
Mayor de Blasio Signs the Criminal Justice Reform Act
June 13, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA), eight bills that further the administration's goals of preserving public safety and building stronger and safer neighborhoods by reducing arrests and incarceration.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Up to $65,000 in Violations Against Upper West Side SRO Running 99 Units in "Illegal Hotel"
June 6, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City has issued violations that could result in up to $65,000 in fines against the owners of the Imperial Court Hotel, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for continuing to illegally rent short-term units in violation of New York State's Multiple Dwelling Law and New York City's Administrative Code.
Mayor de Blasio Opens Padilla Support Center to Provide Training for Lawyers Representing Immigrant Defendants
May 27, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a new initiative to ensure immigrant New Yorkers receive high quality legal representation when facing a criminal charge. The new Padilla Support Center, funded by a $1.35 million grant from New York State and the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, will connect criminal trial-level, appellate and family court lawyers to individualized, expert advice as well as ongoing training and technical assistance.
Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and Citywide Partners to Develop Targeted Interventions That Improve Public Safety and Reduce the Number of People Who Enter and Return to Jail
April 28, 2016
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice today announced a strategy to continue safely reducing the Rikers Island population by connecting eligible individuals to effective interventions before and after jail. This strategy aims to drive New York City's crime rate even lower by reliably assessing who poses a risk of recidivism, appropriately addressing the issues that have led many into contact with the criminal justice system, and connecting people with stabilizing services that help ensure they do not commit new crimes.
Mayor de Blasio to Triple Intensive-Care Mental Health Units on Rikers Island
April 26, 2016
Mayor de Blasio today announced the City will triple the number of intensive-care mental health units on Rikers Island as part of the City's overhaul of mental health care for inmates in City jails.
New York City Awarded $2 Million MacArthur Award to Continue Safely Reducing Jail Population
April 13, 2016
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice today announced a $2 million award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to further reduce the City's jail population while keeping crime at historic lows. This award was made as part of the Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge, which recognizes eleven local governments implementing ambitious plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems that can serve as national models.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Citywide Rollout of $17.8 Million Bail Alternative Program
April 8, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the citywide expansion of supervised release, a program designed to cut unnecessary detention and reduce reliance on monetary bail. Judges citywide can now assign eligible, lower-risk defendants to a supervisory program that allows them to remain at home with their families and continue working while waiting for trial.
Mayor de Blasio, Chief Judge Difiore and Commissioner Bratton Announce Rollout of New Tools to Reduce Unnecessary Warrants
April 5, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chief Judge of the State of New York Janet DiFiore and NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the citywide rollout of new tools to simplify summons procedures. Adding these tools will help reduce the number of open warrants, which will allow the City to focus more police and court resources on serious crime.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Pioneering Study on How Outdoor Lighting Reduces Crime
March 11, 2016
In partnership with residents from 40 public housing developments, Mayor de Blasio today announced a study that will be the first in the country to rigorously examine the effect of different lighting installation strategies on crime reduction. The results of this study will inform how the City makes future investments in permanent lighting, advancing the de Blasio administration's commitment to promote safe and strong neighborhoods through comprehensive and innovative strategies that extend beyond traditional law enforcement.
Mayor de Blasio and State Courts Announce "Project Fast Track" to Ensure Shooters are Quickly Apprehended and Remain off the Streets
January 12, 2016
Mayor de Blasio and the State Courts today announced "Project Fast Track," a strategy to drive down the remaining gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on the limited number of individuals driving gun violence. Key features of this strategy include a new Gun Violence Suppression Division to intensify the NYPD's capacity to investigate shootings, gangs and illegal guns, and dedicated judges who will rapidly resolve illegal gun cases within six months.
Mayor de Blasio Calls for Change in State Law to Better Ensure Dangerous Defendants are Detained
October 23, 2015
Mayor de Blasio today announced he is calling for two key changes to state law that would provide judges with more tools to ensure that dangerous defendants are not released to the street. The Mayor called for a change in state law to allow judges to consider public safety risk in determining an individual's bail amount.
Mayor de Blasio Launches Bail Lab To Safely Reduce Overreliance On Money Bail
October 13, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the Bail Lab, the next step in the City's strategy to reform New York City's bail system by avoiding unnecessary jail time and protecting public safety. In the coming year, the Bail Lab will partner with the courts to solve the larger problems that plague the money bail system in New York City by testing alternatives to money bail, working with judges to use alternatives, testing payment strategies, and expanding data on defendants' risks. The de Blasio administration is already working to eliminate bail for low-risk defendants.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Multi-Agency Strategy to End Sale and Use of K2, Linked to Recent Spike in Emergency Room Visits
September 17, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a multi-agency strategy to reduce demand and supply for synthetic cannabinoids, often known by the brand name "K2." To end the sale of a harmful drug that has led to a recent spike in emergency room visits, this multi-agency effort has already seized over 200 kilograms of the drug from sellers, is educating users and potential users about the dangers of using K2, and is working with the City Council to develop legislation to criminalize the sale of K2.
Mayor de Blasio Announces "NYC Safe," An Evidence-Driven Public Safety And Public Health Program That Will Help Prevent Violence
August 6, 2015
Mayor de Blasio today announced the launch of "NYC Safe," an evidence-driven program to support the narrow population of New Yorkers with untreated serious mental illness who pose a concern for violent behavior. NYC Safe changes the way the City intervenes to stop and respond to violence committed by the mentally ill by establishing a centralized oversight body that coordinates public safety and public health. With NYC Safe, the City can respond more rapidly and appropriately to prevent violence and more assertively when it happens. NYC Safe is part of the de Blasio Administration's commitment to overhaul the City's approach to mental health and to keep every New Yorker safe. Implementation of NYC Safe starts immediately.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Over $2 Million Annual Investment to Fund Anti-Violence Prosecution Strategies that Target Intersection Between Violence and Narcotics
July 29, 2015
The de Blasio administration today announced a more than $2 million annual investment to expand the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor's effective investigation and prosecution of crimes involving gun violence and narcotics trafficking, as well as the Office's strategies to address the heroin epidemic. Today's announcement reinforces the Administration's commitment to focus resources on proven law enforcement strategies for reducing violent crime.
De Blasio Administration Announces Proposal to Make New York City Schools Safer With Fewer Student Arrests, Suspensions, and Summonses
July 23, 2015
City leaders, educators, and community stakeholders today presented the de Blasio Administration with recommendations to promote school safety while also reducing student arrests, suspensions, and summonses. These ten proposals, developed by the Mayor's Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, aim to improve the environment at schools with high rates of arrests, summonses and suspensions; reduce racial and special education disparities in discipline; and incentivize schools to adopt discipline policies that support students' long-term success.
De Blasio Administration, Public Officials Highlight Series of Evidence-Backed Reforms to Reduce Recidivism Among Young Adults
July 15, 2015
Mayor de Blasio today announced a package of reforms that better address the unique developmental needs of justice-involved young adults in New York City. Implemented in partnership with the courts, the district attorneys, the NYPD and the City Departments of Probation and Correction, this announcement advances the Administration's commitment to drive down unnecessary incarceration and prevent future crime by reducing recidivism among young adults (ages 16 to 24).
Mayor de Blasio Announces $17.8 Million to Reduce Unnecessary Jail Time for People Waiting for Trial
July 8, 2015
The de Blasio administration today announced $17.8 million to supervise 3,000 eligible defendants safely in the community instead of detaining them in jail while they wait for trial. Titled "supervised release," the initiative will permit judges to release defendants to a supervisory program that allows defendants to remain at home with their families and continue working while waiting for trial. This expands judges' options beyond setting bail – which could lead to unnecessary detention if an individual is unable to pay – or releasing a defendant to the community without a system in place to ensure the defendant returns to court without reoffending.
Letter From Mayor Bill de Blasio and Administration Public Safety Officials in Support of Raise The Age Legislation
June 3, 2015
New York State has long been a pioneer in safe and effective juvenile and criminal policies. Yet, to our shame, in one area – treating 16 and 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system – we are behind all but one other state in the country. It is time for New York to do the responsible thing: we must pass Raise the Age legislation now, before the session ends in June. Experts in law enforcement, prosecution, and juvenile justice from around the state agree.
Mayor de Blasio and Chief Judge Lippman Announce Justice Reboot, an Initiative to Modernize the Criminal Justice System
April 14, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman today announced immediate changes that will modernize the criminal justice system and improve the quality of justice in New York City. Immediate reforms aim to reduce criminal case delays, significantly cut the Rikers Island jail population and make the summons process fairer and more efficient.
City Announces School Climate Reforms
February 13, 2015
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced a series of school climate and discipline reforms – developed in partnership with the NYPD and the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice – that will ensure the safety and dignity of New York City's students, and hasten the decline of crime in our schools. The new code is designed to address over-reliance on suspensions, puts into place measures to increase oversight and accountability, and seeks to eliminate disparities that have adversely affected African-American and special-education students, who have been four times more likely to be suspended than their peers.
De Blasio Administration Ends Use of Punitive Segregation for Adolescent Inmates on Rikers Island
December 17, 2014
Mayor de Blasio and Department Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte announced the end of punitive segregation for adolescents in New York City jails. As of December 4, the Department of Correction had moved all 16- and 17 year-old inmates out of punitive segregation and ended the practice as a form of punishment for the youngest inmates at the nine operational jails on Rikers.
Mayor de Blasio and District Attorney Vance Announce $101 Million Investment in Infrastructure and Programming to Enhance Security at NYCHA Developments
December 16, 2014
Mayor de Blasio and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced significant new investments to enhance security at targeted New York City Housing Authority developments. The Manhattan DA's Office—using a portion of funds forfeited by French bank BNP Paribas for violating U.S. sanctions—is committing approximately $101 million to fund key infrastructure upgrades, such as additional exterior and interior security cameras, exterior permanent lighting, new doors and layered (keyfob) access, as well as additional public safety evaluation and programming.
Letter from Mayor de Blasio: The city we need to be
December 4, 2014
Eric Garner's death was a terrible tragedy that no family should have to endure. For many across our city and our nation, yesterday's grand jury ruling compounds feelings of grief with dissatisfaction and anger. As we reflect on the weeks leading up to yesterday's decision and prepare our path forward, I want to share a snapshot of our short- and long-term plans to improve the relationship between police and the communities they serve.
Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Holds Media Availability at Mt. Sinai United Christian Church on Staten Island
December 3, 2014
It's a very emotional day for our city. It's a very painful day for so many New Yorkers. That is the core reality. So many people in this city are feeling pain right now. And we're grieving, again, over the loss of Eric Garner, who was a father, a husband, a son, a good man – a man who should be with us, and isn't. That pain, that simple fact, is felt again so sharply today.
De Blasio Administration Announces $130 Plan to Reduce Number of People with Behavioral Health Needs Behind Bars
December 2, 2014
The de Blasio administration today released the report of the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, a comprehensive roadmap to continue to drive down crime while also reducing the number of people with behavioral health issues needlessly cycling through the criminal justice system. This unprecedented, $130 million, four-year investment is a key component of the de Blasio administration's ongoing efforts to reduce unnecessary arrests and incarceration, direct criminal justice resources to where they will have the greatest public safety impact, and make the system fairer.
Transcript: Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton Announce Safest August - November Period Since Modern Crime Statistics Began in 1993
December 2, 2014
Four full months – August through November – the lowest homicides for those four months since our modern approach to crime statistics began in 1994. And overall crime statistics – the strongest we have had in those 23 years. It's an extraordinary achievement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs into Law Bills to Dramatically Reduce New York City's Cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deportations
November 14, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed into law Introductions 486-A and 487-A, dramatically limiting New York City's cooperation with overbroad federal immigration enforcement practices, except in instances where there are public safety concerns. The two bills also end the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at Rikers Island and all City facilities.
Transcript of Mayor's Meeting with District Attorneys and Special Narcotics Prosecutor
November 13, 2014
Mayor de Blasio welcomed Robert Johnson, Ken Thompson, Cyrus Vance, Jr., Richard Brown, Dan Donovan and Bridget Brennan to City Hall this afternoon as part of the Administration's ongoing efforts to deepen coordination and collaboration with each office.
Transcript Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton Announce Change in Marijuana Enforcement Policy
November 10, 2014
This order, which will go into effect on November 19th, addresses one provision of the current New York state penal law statute pertaining to possession of marijuana in an amount of up to 25 grams in open view, which is presently processed as a misdemeanor-level arrest. Under the new policy, persons found to be in possession of this amount of marijuana – 25 grams or less – may be eligible to be receive a summons in lieu of arrest – so, summons instead of being arrested.
City Launches Initiative to Address Suicide and Self Harm in NYC Jails
October 28, 2014
The de Blasio administration today announced plans to implement crucial system improvements to lower the rates of suicide and self-harm among inmates in New York City jails. Funded by a $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice, New York City's Department of Correction, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Vera Institute of Justice will embark on a three-year project to standardize review of instances of inmate suicide or self-harm and document what can be done to reduce the likelihood of such instances happening again.
Administration Announces Citywide Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence
August 13, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced the expansion of the City's efforts to reduce gun violence, through the creation of the "Gun Violence Crisis Management System," a citywide initiative to reduce gun violence, from five to 14 precincts accounting for 51 percent of shootings across the city. The new initiative expands on a previous system that includes and is centered around the "cure violence" model and now includes "wrap around" services, programs that respond to meet the needs of every spectrum in the community that is impacted by gun violence.
Mayor de Blasio Visits Ingersoll Community Center
August 8, 2014
Now, a month ago I announced plans to help make our housing developments safer, because we knew we had some work to do, and this was an important part of it. A lot of progress has been made in the last four weeks, and part of the reason we've made progress – there's been a real sense of urgency, and everyone standing with me here has shared that sense of urgency.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Make NYCHA Neighborhoods Safer
July 8, 2014
The combined allocation now will top $210 million. And all of this is the kind of investment that will have real and immediate impact – the repairs for people's apartments, particularly the health and safety repairs, and the investments in public safety, starting now. We're going to focus on – with our public safety investments – on 15 developments that have been particularly challenged, 15 developments that have had some of the toughest trends in terms of violent crime over the last few years – some in particular having experience difficulties in the last few months.
Mayor Announces Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System
June 2, 2014
The de Blasio administration today announced the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System that will develop a strategic, actionable plan to transform the city's criminal justice system, so that it addresses the needs of individuals with behavioral and mental health issues more appropriately and effectively. The task force will recommend and implement strategies to ensure proper diversion routes and treatment for people with mental illness or substance abuse within the criminal justice system, as well as before and after contact with the system.
Mayor de Blasio Appoints Key Criminal Justice Positions
March 11, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced four key criminal justice appointments to his administration, continuing to build on his promise to assemble a progressive, effective and diverse government that serves every New Yorker. The Mayor named Joseph Ponte as Commissioner of the Department of Correction, Ana Bermúdez as Commissioner of the Department of Probation, Elizabeth Glazer as Director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, and Vincent Schiraldi as Senior Advisor to the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.