DA Bragg’s Words Come Back To Haunt Him
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is pushing an extreme liberal agenda, with his chief prosecutor advocating for the integration of critical race theory ideology into the criminal justice system. Meg Reiss, part of Bragg’s team since January 2022, wants to “change… an understanding that people have about prosecution” and has repeatedly argued that criminals are not “bad dudes.”
Reiss created the Institute for Innovation on Prosecution in 2016 at John Jay College and collaborated with prosecutors to bring about racial equity reforms rooted in critical race theory. She has since left the institute and is now pushing her radical agenda in Bragg’s office. The institute believes in an ideologically driven approach to prosecution and advocates for prosecutors to intentionally undermine the charges brought forward by police officers.
Reiss also claims that all prosecutors have a “responsibility” to fix “mass incarceration,” which disproportionately affects minorities, and should selectively choose not to enforce the law on particular crimes. When it comes to police–related probes, Reiss encourages prosecutors to take a harsher role to combat “systemically racist policies and practices.”
Not only is the critical race theory ideology advocated by Reiss controversial, but her approach to criminal justice is dangerous and could potentially lead to a deterioration of public safety. Reiss has denied that her policies will affect crime rates, but many Republicans remain skeptical.
Regarding defendants, Reiss has said, “Critical to this shift is recognizing the humanity of each person in front of them and embracing a restorative approach.” Restorative approaches find alternatives to incarceration.
Bragg’s office has been in the spotlight, as the DA is currently leading a hush money probe that could lead to an indictment of former President Donald Trump. Trump has accused Bragg of political bias, and many Republicans fear that Bragg’s liberal agenda will affect how he handles the investigation.
DA Alvin Bragg's chief prosecutor Megg Reiss says criminals are not necessarily "bad dudes" and need to be given the benefit of doubt.
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