Our campaign released some of the boldest, most comprehensive policy plans of any District Attorney not only in the 2021 Manhattan DA race, but throughout the country. While it was disappointing to suspend our campaign at the end of 2020, we are heartened to see that so many of our earliest policies have now become benchmarks in the Manhattan District Attorney’s race, and moved by the feedback from so many that our policy ideas helped shape the debates and became the gold standard in this election.

Our campaign took policy incredibly seriously since the day we launched. We released more…


A few weeks ago, Janos Marton suspended his campaign for Manhattan DA, largely over concerns that New York’s political process overstated the role of fundraising from large donors.

You can read his full statement here:
https://janosforda.medium.com/to-our-supporters-thank-you-for-everything-the-fight-continues-2fd742f972a0

After some reflection, our campaign decided to release this final policy document, which had been close to completion at the time, with the hope that other candidates, one of whom will be the next Manhattan DA, will adopt and implement these ideas.

Introduction

I am running for Manhattan District Attorney to transform New York’s criminal justice system and hold special interests accountable. We have…


Dear friends,

I launched this campaign because policing and prisons aren’t the answer to society’s problems, and because it’s time to invest directly in the people and communities most harmed by mass incarceration. We are incredibly proud of the way we’ve organized around that vision during an immensely challenging year.

Unfortunately, at this moment I am no longer able to continue my campaign for Manhattan District Attorney. I wanted you to be the first to understand why we came to that difficult decision:

Too often in politics, “support” is measured by the amount of money raised, rather than metrics like…


Foreword: To understand our failed mental healthcare system, meet Luis Reyes, a 35-year-old Manhattan resident who has been in and out of Rikers since the age of 16.¹ A few months prior to his first arrest, Reyes was held at gunpoint, which may have led to post-traumatic stress disorder triggering severe and ongoing panic attacks, nightmares, and self-harm. He self-medicated with cocaine and soon found himself at Rikers charged with second degree burglary, where he then attempted suicide. Last year Reyes was back at Rikers after picking up a new case.

Despite his public defender providing hundreds of pages of…


Wage Theft: Protecting Workers and Holding Corporations Accountable

As Manhattan District Attorney, I will use the office to radically change Manhattan’s approach to tackling wage theft and protect workers’ rights.

I am running for Manhattan District Attorney to transform our approach to criminal justice. For too long we have maintained a two-tiered system of justice in which marginalized New Yorkers are punished with prison for their offenses, while the wealthy and the powerful face little to no consequences for the harm they cause. This dynamic extends to “wage theft”, the employer practice of illegally cheating workers, often undocumented workers of…


Foreword: The current global health pandemic and movement for Black lives have highlighted the way racism permeates all aspects of society. We cannot achieve racial or economic justice without addressing wage theft, which disproportionately impacts low-income, minority workers in America, and has only gotten worse throughout the pandemic.

Luis and Juan¹ spent years making deliveries for a restaurant. When the business closed suddenly due to COVID, Luis and Juan were not notified, nor were they given their last two weeks of wages. When they finally tracked down the business owner, at a different property, he threatened them with arrest, which…


New York City has long had a police accountability problem. The Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”) has been trying to investigate police misconduct for years, to mixed success. Now that the CCRB’s greatest achievement, its vast database of misconduct allegations, is being litigated in federal court, a group of former staff have signed on to an amicus brief, explaining what it’s in the public interest for this database to be made public. As former policy counsel to the CCRB, I took the role of lead counsel for this amicus, which was signed by 15 former staffers.

An outside party files…


UFOA v. De Blasio is a lawsuit about the publication of the police misconduct database. Janos Marton is lead counsel on an amicus brief filed with 15 former CCRB staff, in which the former staff argue that publishing the database is a matter of public interest.

Identity and Interest of Amici Curiae

Amici are former counsels and investigators from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”) employed from 2000 to 2019, and served under the leadership of multiple mayoral administrations, CCRB Board Chairs, and CCRB Executive Directors. Amici are committed to ensuring that the CCRB can fulfill its mandate to effectively…


James Berish was the first person in North Carolina to go through a restorative justice process for a felony offense. In 2017, after accidentally shooting his gun through his apartment floor and hitting a sleeping child in the room below, he was allowed to participate in a restorative justice process that diverted him from facing up to ten and a half years in prison. He, along with the child who was wounded by the gunshot and her parents, engaged in story-telling and identified the harms he had caused. Berish learned about the child he hurt and the anxiety her parents…


Introduction

I am running for Manhattan District Attorney because we need to transform our criminal justice system. Instead of relying on prisons to solve society’s problems, we must work with communities to listen to victims, stop cycles of harm, and get peoples’ lives back on track. Few societal harms are served more poorly under our current system than intimate partner violence, one of the most pervasive issues any District Attorney’s office must face. Intimate partner violence is widespread, underreported, and in some communities a source of distrust in law enforcement, including within families of officers. …

Janos Marton

Criminal justice advocate. Democratic Candidate For Manhattan District Attorney.

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