Summons Reform:

  • In 2016, the Council passed the Criminal Justice Reform Act to reduce low-level offenses and the law recently took effect in June 2017.

Asset Forfeiture:

  • In 2016, the Council held a hearing to ensure due process, transparency and accountability around property seized during the course of an arrest and civil forfeiture. The bill will be passed this summer.

Rikers Reform:

  • The Council is currently working towards reducing pretrial detention rates, exploring the transition of young women into community-based detention facilities and creating a community justice model with a view towards closing Rikers Island.

Mandatory Arrest Policies:

  • The Administration has convened a task force on domestic violence which includes the NYPD to reduce criminalization of survivors and to review mandatory arrest policies in the context of responses to domestic violence.
  • The Council allocated $1,025,000 in Fiscal 2018 to support the post-arrest and pre-arraignment diversion programs for young adults charged with non-violent low-level offenses drug offenses.
  • The Council allocated $225,000 to the Prevent Sexual Assault Initiative (PSA) to support prevention and intervention services designed to end the commercial sexual exploitation of cis and transgender young women and LGB youth, and connecting survivors to safety, justice and opportunities.
  • The Council provided $250,000 to six organizations to improve responses to immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
  • The Council provided $250,000 to expand the Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP). Funding was allocated to Edwin Gould to support their program that teaches young victims empowering and preventive measures to deal with all forms of violence.
  • The Council allocated $154,000 to two organizations to focus on community-based mediation, peer support and bystander intervention programs for young survivors of violence.
  • The Council provided $250,000 to expand the Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP). Funding was allocated to Edwin Gould to support their program that teaches young victims empowering and preventive measures to deal with all forms of violence.

Support True Diversion Programs:

  • The Council will work with District Attorneys in Brooklyn and Staten Island to fund and create Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs, allowing the NYPD to redirect low-level drug offenders to support and treatment services, instead of jail and prosecution.

Clear Low-Level, Non-Violent Summons Warrants:

  • The Council has reached an agreement with District Attorneys in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens to clear low-level, non-violent summons warrants that are ten years or older.

Integrating an Equity Lens in Government Decision-Making:

  • The Council will pass legislation to require certain City agencies to complete racial and gender assessments of their services, programs, employment and contracting practices, and budgeting.
  • The Council will pass legislation to require certain city agencies to set racial and gender equity goals and develop action plans to achieve these goals.
  • The Council will require certain city agencies to provide equity training, focusing on implicit bias, structural racism, cultural competency and gender inequity, and on how these factors impact their work.
  •  As part of the Fiscal 2018 Adopted Budget, the Administration agreed to create an office to oversee the work of the Young Women’s Initiative. The Council is working with the Administration on the details on the creation of this office.