Please join PILC and the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law for a conversation with Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark concerning criminal justice reform in her office.
DA Clark became the 13th District Attorney for Bronx County on January 1, 2016. She is the first woman in that position and the first African-American woman to be elected District Attorney in New York State. Prior to her election, DA Clark spent more than 16 years on the bench, serving as an Associate Justice for the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department; a NYS Supreme Court Justice in Bronx County; and a Criminal Court Judge in Bronx and New York Counties. Throughout her career in public service, DA Clark has endeavored to earn the trust of the people of the Bronx. Her mission as the Bronx DA is “Pursuing Justice with Integrity.” To that end, she has led the effort to make Rikers Island safer as the City works to close in favor of small jails in each borough, and she supports sensible reforms that promote fairness and build confidence in the justice system, and she has stepped up and embraced changes to both bail and discovery. Vertical Prosecution has been implemented, and DA Clark’s Office has been diverting people as frequently as possible from the criminal justice system. The Alternatives to Incarceration Bureau (ATI) she implemented assesses the needs of low level offenders struggling with mental illness and drug abuse. In addition, DA Clark has enhanced community outreach, dismissing 160,000 summons warrants older than ten years in an unprecedented single act, and holding “Another Chance” events to clear old warrants and help people move on with their lives.
Date: Monday, September 23rd
Time: 12:45 – 2:00 PM
Room: FH 214
Pizza will be served.