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.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg issued the sweeping policy memo on Monday
Will only seek prison time for homicide and limited number of other charges
Vows to downgrade many felonies including cases of armed robbery
New DA also said he will refuse to prosecute many low-level offenses
New Mayor Eric Adams, a former cop, said he supports Bragg’s policies
‘I think he’s on Team Public Safety,’ Adams said of the progressive new DA
Manhattan’s new district attorney has unveiled a sweeping new policy to only seek prison sentences for a handful of offenses, and downgrade or dismiss charges for many felony crimes – and Mayor Eric Adams is on board with the plan.
Alvin Bragg, who took office over the weekend, revealed his progressive new approach in a ‘day one policies and procedures’ memo released on Monday.
The Democrat said offenses like marijuana misdemeanors, prostitution, resisting arrest and fare dodging will no longer be prosecuted.
Bragg instructed prosecutors to stop seek prison sentences for crimes except for homicides, assaults resulting in serious injury, domestic violence felonies,sex offenses, public corruption, and ‘major economic crimes’.