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Ken Thompson: Strengthening Trust in the Criminal Justice System

The late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson discusses his efforts to strengthen the relationship between communities, law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

On carrying out justice in a diverse community: “Brooklyn is one of the greatest places in the world to live, and it is truly diverse. The criminal justice system often discriminates against the poor and [people of certain] races. I’m determined to keep people safe, but I also want to show that we have one standard of justice in Brooklyn.”

On creating the Conviction Review Unit: “The job of the DA is to correct [the] miscarriage of justice and to free [people] from prison who do not belong in prison. These wrongful convictions not only destroy the lives of those who are wrongfully convicted, but their families. They undermine the integrity of our criminal justice system.”