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Manhattan DA creates new division to boost alternatives to prison sentences amid soaring crime rates

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  • Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has created a new division of his office that will promote alternatives to incarceration.
  • The division, known as Pathways to Public Safety, will identify opportunities for diversion early on in an individual’s case to reduce the risk for recidivism.
  • Bragg, the first person of color elected to his post, has faced criticism for being soft on crime.
  • Sherene Crawford, who served as assistant district attorney from 2009 to 2014, will spearhead the new division.

As crime cases continue to rise in New York City, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has announced a new division that will oversee alternatives to incarceration in an effort to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

Bragg, the first person of color elected to his post, has received criticism since he assumed office early this year for announcing a list of lenient criminal justice policies. After a month of backlash, he reversed parts of his Day 1 Memo, changing charges for commercial robberies that use guns or even fake guns to felonies instead of misdemeanors.