As the parent of two children currently in NYC public schools, I wholeheartedly disagree that the current system serves students and the city well. It is fundamentally inequitable, opaque, disorganized, and even when spotlights are shined on shortfalls, it doesn't appear that righting wrongs is at the top of anyone's list.
Yesterday marked the launch of Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, making New York's capital city the first jurisdiction on the East Coast, and only the third in the nation, to launch LEAD. Albany's reform approach highlights the growing role cities are playing in the growing national movement to end mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.
Under my proposal, the district attorneys are given the benefit of the doubt and are not superseded until a reason exists that suggests bias or wrongdoing. However, I would also reform the grand jury system to increase transparency by mandating that in such cases, there is public disclosure of the district attorneys instructions to the grand jury as to which charges they should consider.