“For all of us, now and with urgency, there is a need for courage in matters of justice.”
With those words, standing just feet from the historic arch at Grand Army Plaza where so many great Brooklyn neighborhoods merge, Marc Fliedner launched his run for Kings County District Attorney. After 30 years as an advocate fighting for justice on both sides of a broken criminal justice system, Marc was compelled to take his case to the people and set forth a platform marked by new ideas, new approaches and a brand new way of defining the role of prosecutor. His objective? Real and lasting criminal justice reform, the kind that will place fairness above politics and the safety and dignity of Brooklyn families above all else.
Watch Marc’s Announcement Speech
Marc has had his sleeves rolled up doing criminal justice work for 30 years now, and you’ll likely be surprised by the breadth of subject matter he’s tackled. The fact is you won’t find anyone else in the nation who has accomplished more in the trenches. That’s why he’s ready.
There is bipartisan consensus, rare in these days, that the American criminal justice system is broken and must be reconsidered and rebuilt by means of sweeping reform. Of urgent concern are our disastrous, entrenched and profit-driven focus on mass incarceration, our failure to develop adequate mental health and substance abuse treatment alternatives to incarceration, and our tone-deaf response to the distrust between law enforcement and communities of color that persistently undermines criminal investigations and prosecutions.
The first 36 hours after someone is arrested are the most crucial in the entire prosecution. It’s in these initial moments that we can divert cases away from the criminal system and help people get the mental health or addiction screenings they need. We can also look more carefully at witness testimony or police accounts so that if cases do go to trial, they are fundamentally sound. Perhaps most importantly, we need to provide a fair and reasonable plea offer within the first 36 days of arrest.
We aren’t screening incoming cases the way that we should. My plan, “36 AND 36” provides concrete steps we can take to fix that.
Here in Brooklyn, we should be leading the charge to make sure that justice is extended to everyone! Marc has found that the most effective way for him to articulate key components of his vision, and report on some of the extraordinary things that are happening on the campaign trail, is to hit the blog first thing.
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Want to help with the campaign? There’s so much good work to be done at the grass roots level! Just contact Kaz Mitchell, our Constituency Organizer, discuss your skill set and your interests and let’s get to work!