- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2019

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says its time for the city to abandon the “narrative” that “incarcerating someone promotes safety.”

A 52-page report lays out a blueprint in which “community-based responses” and “non-jail resolutions at every juncture” are explored for lawbreakers.

“I believe that for too long we’ve only provided one narrative, and that narrative is if someone goes to jail, we are going to be safe,” Mr. Gonzalez told reporters, the New York Post reported Monday. “We are moving past that narrative, the narrative that simply incarcerating someone promotes safety.”

A retired NYPD detective from Brooklyn speaking on the condition of anonymity was dumbfounded by the Democratic DA’s plan.

“It is time to get a new district attorney who wants to prosecute the arrests that police make while they are enforcing the law,” the former detective said. “In my experience, people who do small crimes graduate to bigger more serious crimes. That is how we dropped the murder rate from over 2,000 to under 300. That wasn’t luck.”

At one point, Mr. Gonzalez acknowledged that threats of jail time serve as a deterrent to crime “in some cases,” the newspaper reported.

“The serious cases you know, rapes, and homicides, and serious assaults, I fully expect that we are going to hold people accountable and most often, that is going to look like prison time,” he said.

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