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Melinda Katz says she’s ignoring the political winds

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz took office at one hell of a moment for criminal justice in New York City. Much lauded changes limiting when judges can ask for bail took effect on Jan. 1, 2020 – Katz’s first day on the job, after being elected in 2019. Less than three months later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The number of reported crimes cratered, and court went virtual. Then, Black Lives Matter marches responding to the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, leading to renewed scrutiny of police and prosecutors. Just six months into Katz’s tenure, further adjustments to bail, discovery and speedy trial laws took effect. Now, more than two years in, the number of reported crimes is rising in Queens to rates that haven’t been seen in more than a decade. That’s led by increases in felony assault and grand larceny, while the most extreme crimes, including murder, rape and shootings have held steady, comparable to historic levels.
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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz on Biden's visit to NYC

President Biden visited New York Thursday to discuss efforts to combat gun violence. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz was with Biden and other elected officials at a Queens public school to discuss community violence intervention programs with local leaders. Katz joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to talk about this and more.
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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz Discusses Criminal Justice Reform

The conversation over the direction of the criminal justice system is front and center in this election season. But it is not a new one, especially for Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. Since being elected in 2019, Melinda Katz has implemented a series of reform measures, including the creation of...
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