New York – In three weeks, the lawyer alvin braggLife can be hectic. The Harlem native could become Manhattan’s next district attorney on Election Day, which is November 2. It is one of the most high-profile prosecuting positions in the country.
If he wins, he will become only the third person to serve in the position since 1975.
“I’m a lifelong Manhattanite, so I’ve gone through almost all of history,” Bragg said. “So I definitely understand the importance of this moment.”
A Harvard Law School graduate, a civil rights lawyer, and a former federal prosecutor, bragg Cyrus will replace Vance Jr., who is retiring.
The DA’s office is investigating former President Donald Trump’s business deals. So whoever wins the election will inherit Trump’s investigation. How does he feel about it?
“Luckily, I’ve worked on a number of complex, white-collar cases that were quite prominent,” Bragg said.
One of them was in the state attorney general’s office, which successfully sued the Trump Foundation for using campaign funds illegally.
The case of DA is going on directly on the former President. He said that he would not back down.
“I plan to follow the facts wherever I go,” Bragg said. “I will not be afraid.”
The next Manhattan DA will also face a rise in shootings and other violent crimes and an ongoing debate about prison and bail reform. Many in law enforcement say bail reform is part of an increase in crime.
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“First of all, we have to look at the data,” Bragg said. “The NYPD’s own data does not substantiate the claim that bail reform has led to an increase in crime.”
Bragg said one of his signature initiatives would be to look for alternatives to imprisonment for low-level crimes, especially when they are motivated by drugs or mental illness.
“If it’s a petty theft and it’s driven by someone’s addiction, we need to get that person’s addiction services instead of sending them to captivity on Rikers,” Bragg said. “Right now, we’re not really presenting it in a strong way.”
He said the DA’s office, under his order, would also give priority to cases of gun smuggling and sexual assault.
“I don’t want to continue with the status quo,” Bragg said. “I really want real permanent public safety.”