Decriminalize Poverty and End Racist Law Enforcement.
- End Broken Windows Prosecuting. As DA, Tiffany will decline to prosecute crimes of poverty and instead go after wage theft and bad landlords.
- End Civil Asset Forfeiture. Prosecutors are incentivized to seize property, because that money goes to the their budgets. District Attorney Cabán’s office will never receive financial benefit from a decision to prosecute; no DA Office should.
- Reform Court-Imposed Fines and Fees. District Attorney Cabán’s office will work with courts and defense attorneys to consider a defendant’s ability to pay any imposed fines and fees.
- Reinvest Any Proceeds in Services. Any property or money District Attorney Cabán’s office obtains from legal process or grants will go directly to investment in housing, job and education services that evidence shows actually reduce crime.
- Require Racial and Economic Impact Analyses of All Charges. The public has a right to know the economic and racial impact of charges filed.
End Mass Incarceration in Queens, Make Queens a Model for the World.
- Prosecute Less. Our District Attorneys must focus on putting the work in to obtain the best and safest outcomes for the community, not convicting the greatest number of people. As District Attorney, Tiffany Cabán’s office will use its prosecutorial discretion to decline to charge sex work, recreational drug use, and racist laws.
- End Cash Bail. Cash bail penalizes people before they are judged guilty and creates two systems of justice – one for the wealthy, one for the poor. As DA, Tiffany will pursue and invest resources in pretrial services that give people the tools they need to live and succeed.
- Charge Misdemeanors with Restraint. Raise the charge standard for misdemeanors from probable cause to beyond a reasonable doubt. Too often, racially biased prosecutions trap people in the system when they are most vulnerable.
- Seek Shorter Sentences for Felonies. There is no evidence harsher sentences make communities safer; all they do is keep more people in jail longer and waste resources.
- Advocate Against Death by Incarceration. Too many people die in prison. Indefinite incarceration is wrong; parole should be presumed when there are no serious disciplinary issues.
People-Powered Justice Means Racial, Social, and Economic Justice. It Means Safe Communities.
- Demilitarize Law Enforcement, Rebuild Community Trust. Community policing means more than hiring more police for some communities. Implicit bias training is not nearly enough. Police and District Attorneys should resemble, come from, live in and listen to the communities they protect, and make services the focal point for intervention.
- Target the 6% who Commit 60% of Crimes. Declining to prosecute cases that pose little or no threat to public safety will allow DA Cabán’s office to focus resources on the small number of people who commit the majority of crimes and lead criminal enterprises.
- Invest in Schools, Healthcare, Jobs and Housing – Not Jails. Freeing up resources from mass incarceration will allow us to reallocate the $143,000 per prisoner currently spent on on jails. Investing in schools and our kids will make our communities safer. Giving people housing, healthcare, and career opportunities reduces crime. Evidence shows us that the path to a better future is education, not incarceration.
End the War on Drugs.
- Decriminalize Recreational Use of Marijuana and Other Drugs. Cannabis has been used by more than half of Americans yet communities of color are disproportionately punished for use of cannabis and other recreational drugs. District Attorney Cabán will not prosecute recreational drug use that does not pose a threat to others.
- Treat Substance Use Disorders as a Medical Issue. All evidence points to treatment, not incarceration, as the best way to mitigate harm from substance use. Doctors and nurses, not police, are trained to handle these issues.
- Deploy Harm-Reduction Strategies to Combat the Opioid Epidemic. More Americans die from overdoses than car accidents. District Attorney Cabán’s office will seek to provide first responders, teachers, employers, and organizations across Queens with naloxone and other life-saving interventions, including educational outreach and overdose training.
- Work with Safe Injection Facilities. Testing for drug impurities and providing medical treatment to people suffering from use disorder can save thousands of lives. Facilities providing these services reduce overdose deaths in surrounding areas by 30% and help communities heal. Each site reduces epidemic-related costs by millions of dollars and provides critical services that meet people where they are.
Center Community Solutions.
- Assign ADAs to Every Community. District Attorney Cabán’s office will know and listen to the people it serves. Communities should know and have access to their District Attorney. District Attorney Cabán and her office will hold regular town halls and meetings in Queens neighborhoods.
- Create a Community Advisory Board. Law enforcement is supposed to protect people. People should have oversight of how they are protected. District Attorney Cabán will provide data and information the community wants and needs.
- Let Community Groups Decide Response to Local Gun Violence. Evidence shows communities know how to best deal with gun violence. District Attorney Cabán will listen to and respect their desires.
- Expand Survivor Services Unit. Survivors of violence and crime need help to resume their lives, not more trauma or lengthy legal process from inconsiderate or paternalistic prosecutors that do not respect survivors’ wishes.
Decarcerate and Restore Communities.
- Establish a Retroactive Release Unit. People currently incarcerated for offenses that are no longer being prosecuted will be released.
- Establish a Record Review Unit to Clear Records. Convictions for offenses that are no longer being prosecuted should not prevent people from being employed or getting housing.
- Create a Reentry Services Unit to Reduce Recidivism. The best way to prevent repeat offenses is to provide people leaving prison with the basics every person need to live in society, such as housing, job help and education.
- Protect Immigrants from Fraud and Abuse. Immigration is not a crime; it is the foundation of our country. Too many abuse our immigrant communities and use fear of deportation against them. ICE is an abusive, renegade agency. Families have a right to be together, and District Attorney Cabán will fight for that right.
- Prosecute ICE. DA Cabán will prosecute ICE agents who exceed their authority and endanger our communities under all of New York's relevant statutes and ordinances. Abusive conduct by ICE illegal under New York law will be prosecuted.
- No New Jails. Tiffany Cabán supports the No New Jails movement in opposing the Mayor's plan to construct new jails. Rikers needs to be closed, and faster than the proposed timeline. But the solution must focus on community-driven responses and services, and decarceration with housing and career help; Cabán for Queens is the only DA campaign with a plan to center community decisions. Constructing cages is wrong. Closing Rikers can be done, more quickly, through replacing cash bail and pretrial detention with holistic services, and reducing recidivism. Every time new jails are built throughout this country's history, they are filled – and overcrowded. The cycle must stop.
Tackle Corporate Crimes.
- Investigate and Prosecute Abusive Landlords. Bad landlords should not be landlords. If they have property in Queens, they will be held accountable in Queens. Bad landlords will be forced to provide adequate housing.
- Hold Drug Companies Accountable for Overprescribing. Prescriptions motivated by profit, not public health, rake in billions of dollars in blood money. Companies and doctors that over-marketed or overprescribed these drugs despite knowing their dangers must be brought to court.
- Establish Corporate Crime, Consumer Protection, Wage Theft and Antitrust Units. Discriminatory, monopolistic practices and fraud can destroy neighborhood economies. Employers stealing wages forces people to make drastic choices to survive. With Amazon declaring its intention to move in, the most vulnerable communities are likely to get disrupted and marginalized again unless we pursue innovative and proactive enforcement against discriminatory, monopolistic policies and practices that destroy our neighborhood economies.
- No Corporate PAC Dollars. Cabán for Queens is a people-powered campaign that rejects corporate PAC donations.