Abolish the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor

  1. Retract all staff and resources that the Manhattan DA currently provides to the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. By law, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s assistant district attorneys (ADAs) are on loan from the city’s five elected District Attorneys. In 2018, 60 of the office’s 73 ADAs were assigned by the Manhattan DA. On Day One, I would order the those ADAs to return to the Manhattan DA’s office, and cease all other forms of support to Special Narcotics, significantly weakening its capacity.
  2. Support legislation to abolish the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and reinvest its budget in harm reduction programs. The Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office can only be eliminated through state law. I will support legislation to abolish the office and direct its $22 million budget towards harm reduction programs to reduce drug use and protect public health.
  3. In the interim, remove Brennan as Special Narcotics Prosecutor. Twenty-two years is enough. Bridget Brennan has proven that her approach is stuck in the past, and is determined to thwart even the slightest reforms to our criminal justice system. On Day One, I will renounce my office’s support for Brennan and encourage the City’s other District Attorneys to join me. (With the support of three DAs, Brennan can be removed.) Until this office is eliminated, it should be led by someone taking a public health centered approach.

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Janos Marton

Janos Marton

Criminal justice advocate. Democratic Candidate For Manhattan District Attorney.