Council Member Gibson Announces $21.9 Million Budget Enhancements for County District Attorneys 

Council Member Gibson Announces $21.9 Million In Funding for County District Attorneys 

by Koi Germany, Staff Writer

On the sunny steps of the Bronx Court House Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, joined by Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Richmond County District Attorney Mike McMahon and Bronx domestic service providers announced a win yesterday in the form of a baselined additional $21.9 million in funding for New York City’s prosecutors for the 2017 fiscal year.

Photo credit: Jeff Reed/NY City Council.

The move came after a number of talks and negotiations with Mayor Bill DeBlasio, ultimately resulting in a bipartisan letter containing 37 signatures in support of increased funding for the finalized budget.

“We wanted to make sure that as a city and as an administration we recognize the value and the roles that our city’s prosecutors play in criminal justice reform, she said of the increase.

Among other benefits for the district attorney offices across the city, the funding will provide the Bronx County with a vertical integration system which proposes delegating every stage of the prosecution to a single assistant district attorney in order to eliminate delays and backlogs in trial cases, a Rikers Island prosecution bureau and a Conviction Integrity Unit to review past convictions and ensure the fairness of tried cases.

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