In a memo obtained Wednesday by The Post that outlines the new policy, the former federal prosecutor said such prosecutions are a waste of resources and unfairly stigmatize too many “young people of color” with criminal records.
“When a defendant has neither a criminal record nor an open arrest or warrant, it makes no sense for the criminal justice system, including a District Attorney’s Office, to devote its scarce resources to lengthy case processing,” the memo stated.
NY Post:Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson made good on a campaign promise today and has announced decriminalization of small amounts of pot possession. Class B misdemeanor charges (possession of 25 grams or less) without previous criminal record will now result only in a $100 fine. From