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.

Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

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  1. […] a simple vision: reducing reliance on police and jails while keeping Brooklyn safe. That includes a recent high-profile dismissal of over a hundred thousand old arrest warrants. He touts the work of the Young Adult Court, which includes social workers helping individuals with […]

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