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Leadership Initiatives

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is a law enforcement agency that is both tough on crime and smart on crime.  Our Assistant District Attorneys work every day to prosecute crime, and prevent it.  Among the initiatives undertaken by DA Vance are the most comprehensive cold case homicide review in the nation, a groundbreaking Conviction Integrity Program, and an Intelligence-Driven Prosecution model that addresses like never before the patterns of crime in Manhattan to better protect New Yorkers.


Forensic Sciences / Cold Case Unit

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is a leader in the use of advanced forensic sciences, particularly DNA, to solve and prevent crime.  There has been no scientific advancement more important...

Criminal Court Reform

Manhattan’s Criminal Court has jurisdiction principally over misdemeanor offenses such as theft, harassment, non-felony assault, or quality of life crimes.  It is crucial to the proper functioning of our court...

Preventing Wrongful Convictions

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office spares no effort in seeking justice in every case that comes before it.  Through the years and around the country, innocent men and women have...

Intelligence-Driven Prosecution / Crime Strategies Unit

The primary mission of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is to enhance public safety through the fair and just administration of the law.  Since 1990, Manhattan, like the rest of...