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Soros-Backed Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Won’t Seek Prison Sentences for a Bunch of Crimes

Soros-Backed Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Won’t Seek Prison Sentences for a Bunch of Crimes

Bragg’s “Office shall not seek a sentence of life without parole.”

Oh, look. Another new district attorney in a major city backed by billionaire George Soros wants to go soft on crime.

The New York Post’s Bob McManus described Alvin Bragg’s win to become Manhattan DA as “Soros’ biggest coup yet.

Bragg took over on January 1. On January 4, Bragg promised to instill new rules similar to those in San Francisco and Philadelphia, both of which have DAs backed by Soros. Both cities are chaotic.

I guess Manhattan is next because Bragg wants his office to stop pursuing prison sentences for a bunch of crimes:

In his first memo to staff on Monday, Alvin Bragg said his office “will not seek a carceral sentence” except with homicides and a handful of other cases, including domestic violence felonies, some sex crimes and public corruption.

“This rule may be excepted only in extraordinary circumstances based on a holistic analysis of the facts, criminal history, victim’s input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma), and any other information available,” the memo reads.

Assistant district attorneys must also now keep in mind the “impacts of incarceration,” including whether it really does increase public safety, potential future barriers to convicts involving housing and employment, the financial cost of prison and the racial disparities over who gets time, Bragg instructed.

If a prosecutor wants to put someone behind bars they cannot request “more than 20 years for a determinate sentence, meaning one that cannot be reviewed or changed by a parole board.”

This means Bragg’s “Office shall not seek a sentence of life without parole.”

However: “In exceptionally serious cases such as homicides where lengthy periods of incarceration are justified, ADAs shall consider the use or restorative justice as a mitigating factor in determining the length of the sentence, only when victims or their loves ones consent.”

Bragg told his prosecutor that they have “a presumption of pre-trial non-incarceration for every case except” for severe crimes like homicide, public corruption, and a few others.

The office might make exceptions “in extraordinary circumstances.”

Look at the changes for those charged with armed robbery and burglars:

  • Armed robbers who use guns or other deadly weapons to stick up stores and other businesses will be prosecuted only for petty larceny, a misdemeanor, provided no victims were seriously injured and there’s no “genuine risk of physical harm” to anyone. Armed robbery, a class B felony, would typically be punishable by a maximum of 25 years in prison, while petty larceny subjects offenders to up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Convicted criminals caught with weapons other than guns will have those felony charges downgraded to misdemeanors unless they’re also charged with more serious offenses. Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony, is punishable by up to 7 years behind bars.
  • Burglars who steal from residential storage areas, parts of homes that aren’t “accessible to a living area” and businesses located in mixed-use buildings will be prosecuted for a low-level class D felony that only covers break-ins instead of for more serious crimes. Those more serious crimes, class B and class C felonies, would be punishable by up to 25 and up to 15 years in prison respectively.
  • Drug dealers believed to be “acting as a low-level agent of a seller” will be prosecuted only for misdemeanor possession. Also, suspected dealers will only be prosecuted on felony charges if they’re also accused of more serious crimes or are actually caught in the act of selling drugs. That felony would mean facing up to seven years behind bars.


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But, has he committed to prosecuting MAGA protestors for peacefully waving the American flag?

    Pasadena Peabody in reply to MattMusson. | January 5, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    It’s all in the eye of but the beholder. To you, it looks as if they are waving the flag peacefully, but when Alvin Bragg looks they are waving it VIOLENTLY. Doesn’t matter what you see, he’s the one calling the shots…he looks at skin color first and the crime second.

      Ghostrider in reply to Pasadena Peabody. | January 5, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Why are Democrat “go soft on crime-BLM loving-chaos creating” Soros backed District Attorneys being elected and the GOP does absolutely nothing to stop, attack or arrest George Soros? Is he immune from any or the slightest bit of prosecution?

        Dennis in reply to Ghostrider. | January 5, 2022 at 6:19 pm

        He’s allowed to give his money away and the people who vote for Soros backed candidates know what they’re getting.

        Besides, why would Republicans want to keep things nice in Democrat controlled cities? If people with money get tired of high taxes and out of control crime and relocate to Florida or Texas, who gains?

The Founders considered the states to be “laboratories”… well.. here is one experiment that everyone but the Woke will be able to determine the outcome to before it happens. OK… let it happen… but when NYC goes peak crime, seal the borders as every criminal in at least of 4 state area will be there.

2smartforlibs | January 5, 2022 at 1:24 pm

Unless of course, it’s looking into the 2020 elections.

where was all this outrage before the election. they voted him in, they own it

Steven Brizel | January 5, 2022 at 1:44 pm

You can bet that the ultra liberal Upper West Side and similar neighborhoods voted enthusiastically for this public defender masquerading as a DA

I recall the Professor once set up something to collect all the evidence on Elizabeth Warren’s false Indian heritage claims. Also set up something similar for CRT.

Time to do this for soros financed DAs. Maybe help the next candidate running against a Soros funded candidate. Help show the public what they are about to get.

If Trump gets back in office, he should seriously consider droning Soros like he did that Iranian dirtbag.

I can’t wait to see how the new mayor and the new DA get along. The new mayor came from law enforcement. I hope crime doesn’t explode.

The importance of local elections has never been more clear. The offices of Sheriff, DA, District/Circuit Judge, Probate Judge, County Clerk, School BD, County Commission, Mayor, City Council can make or break a community if the occupants go off the rails.

Soros DA’s are there to protect the Marxists and punish their opponents

Bragg love his fellow black folks so much that he has immediately enacted policies that will victimize them overwhelmingly. When an extra thousand or so black lives are snuffed out each year in the near future by criminals set free or enabled by these policies, I hope New Yorkers will remember their virtue signaling caused it. #muhblacklivesmatterthough

    JimWoo in reply to Paddy M. | January 5, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Exactly what’s happening in Chicago right now. Citizens leaving IL and Chicago like never before.
    4 hyper liberal blacks are running Cook County justice system and exposing constituents to higher risk. 100+ defendants awaiting trial for murder out of county jail with electronic monitoring. It’s unbelievable how tolerant of criminals black politicians are especially when it’s their own cousins who are most frequently victimized.

Keep pushing, Democrats. Pretty soon, only the literally brain-dead will be voting Democrat. Everyone else will be too anxious to survive.

Quite a few years ago I read a report from DoJ about the careers of career criminals. Among its findings were that someone arrested for a low level crime, such as burglary, usually had several similar crimes for which they were never charged.

Another finding was that career criminals very often had violence included in those uncharged crimes, sometimes even including murder.

IOW, every arrest is, potentially, just the tip of a violent iceberg. But let’s pretend that’s not true and teach criminals that we don’t mind that they hurt people. Everything will be okay if we just keep smiling.

Crazy and destructive.

    p in reply to irv. | January 5, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    A bunch of years ago I served on a jury in a major city, and we convicted the defendant of 5 out of 6 charges. When the verdict was read the two cops who had testified and were sitting in the back of the courtroom were visibly shocked. Out in the hallway they told me and another juror they had been trying to get the guy locked up for years and it was not his first jury trial. They couldn’t believe we actually did it. He got 30 years.

    henrybowman in reply to irv. | January 5, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Similar, if not more frightening: (covers 1991 period)

    For example, of all persons who were arrested for the murder of a law enforcement officer from 1988 to 1992, 22% were on probation
    or parole at the time of the killing. Similarly, of arrested murderers who were convicted, acquitted, or whose cases were otherwise disposed in 1992 in urban courts, 38% were on probation, on parole, on pretrial release, or in some other criminal justice status at the time of the murder.

NYC has five counties and therefore five DAs.

How are NYC’s four other DAs?

In Illinois, there is a HUGE difference between the COOK and DuPAGE counties’ DAs. A perp could walk in cook while getting real jail time in DuPage.,

This may be the most explicit guideline for criminals published to date. Here in Boston, Rachel Rollins (soon to be US attorney for MA) put out a list of crimes that would not be punished but this is remarkable in that the full document tells criminals how to commit offenses such as armed robbery without facing felony charges (don’t fire the weapon and be relatively nice when engaged with your victim). It even provides thoughts on how to evade a life sentence when one has decided to commit murder. How progressive.

Silly me, I always thought “prosecutors” were there to prosecute criminals not provide a roadmap for evading prosecution. This is truly an extraordinary time we live in.

I seldom travel to NYC anymore. The city is filthy, smells horrid in the warmer months, the subway is disgusting and everything is so over priced. Now, I don’t know if I will ever go back.

The Gentle Grizzly | January 5, 2022 at 6:31 pm

Again, I ask the question: how many commercial leases are not being renewed this year?

If the New York State Attorney General Letitia James was worth a damn thing she’d be breathing fire down this DA’s neck.

Next to Soros, I think his biggest fans are Real Estate agents in Tennessee and Florida.

Check Zillow. In some cases prices have tripled in the last 3-5 years.

He forgot this one in his list of crimes not to prosecute: Attacking the district attorney if he’s not really hurt all that bad.


barbiegirl ny | January 6, 2022 at 12:50 pm

ILLEGAL ALIENS, criminals, degenerates, miscreants, malcontents, New York welcomes you with open arms. Some of you may even have a building lit in honor of your latest abortion. Sodom and Gomorrah has nothing on New York. As for you idiots who would still vote for the same sewage, you will now have PEOPLE WHO DON’T BELONG IN THIS COUNTRY voting in your stead. Just in case some of you have finally awoken to the rampant corruption in this state, and want to amend your ways by voting these Soros gerbils out, forget it. Too late. So long as these scumbags promise free s*** to ILLEGAL ALIENS and other parasitic dross, so long as they coddle the corrupt, they will now have more say than you at the polls. My heart goes out to those who, like myself, can’t get the hell out of here fast enough.

Char Char Binks | January 7, 2022 at 10:28 am

Biased, lazy, incompetent— a natural-born Dem of.

Of course this DA’s policies are insane and will cause more crime in already crime-ridden NYC. But did he campaign promising to follow these new polices, or did he pretend otherwise and then spring this prosecutorial philosophy on New Yorkers after the election? If he campaigned promising to follow these policies, and if voters in NYC still elected him, then NYC richly deserves this idiot and more crime. If he didn’t disclose this policy during the campaign, let’s see if those supposedly tough New Yorkers will start a re-call campaign. I am betting they won’t.