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During Thursday’s White House press conference, press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to dodge a question regarding the Manhattan District Attorney’s new policies on crime, that include downgrading felonies and ceasing the seeking of prison sentences for some crimes.
“The Manhattan District Attorney has ordered prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for certain crimes, including resisting arrest. And I’m just wondering, does that give the wrong message to criminals or to police who are having to enforce these laws that the district attorney is not going to prosecute?” one reporter asked.
“And does this in any way undermine the Biden administration’s efforts through the DOJ, and federal law enforcement partners to crack down on crimes like retail theft?” she continued.
Psaki responded by reiterating the administration’s stance on supporting local law enforcement, and admitting that she doesn’t “have all the details” regarding the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg’s, policies.
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