Prosecutors from every borough except Staten Island dismissed 645,000 old warrants. The warrants, all more than ten years old, were for non-violent infractions and had been issued to people who have not since had any criminal justice issues. Many of the people subject to those warrants weren’t even aware of them. They’d only find out about the criminal charges from a background check or if a police officer checked their ID. Those warrants could have also made immigrants subject to deportation.
Meanwhile, all four Democratic Congressmembers for Brooklyn endorsed Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez for re-election, lauding his work to clear the wrongfully convicted.