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reinterviewed him we got this system for intelligence gathering 4 gang members of a gang had committed and crime. recidivism one riveting who is xhichlt the crimes and through the criminal justice system we can take a look at his rap sheet and react appropriating. as i said investigating cold cases there's no reason a case becomes cold if we track uncoordinated victims an old stabbing and sfoesht that was not proved at the time it was committed that we have hundreds
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of prosecutors but this information is pushed out to them the crime strategies unit we wrote and completed a share point dissemination model and, seminational the information this is the mothered we've used but allows the prosecutors to said be where the hot spot are and the types of crimes >> supervisor mar. >> yeah. thank you. i wanted to ask ms. cha con about geographically is your crime strategies unit limited to manhattan you said i share information b with staten and others areas. >> our jurisdiction for the staten is just the bureau of manhattan but ear set up to track anywhere in the city
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obviously, we're only a subway stop away from the the queens or we absolutely reach you tell to other agencies. obviously not everybody going back to the semicommunity >> when the da gets up here it's a question of the san francisco city is a small city does that system allow sharing on a bigger level that's the question given the new york and manhattan other boroughs. >> the goal is to work with other jurisdictions and we currently do often this is on a manual basis, you know, calling people but the goal eventually
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is with did pd to have the same level of communication we have very good relationships with law enforcement in the bay area and san mateo and especially marina but hopefully, this will be a one single process. >> mr. cha con how many people in manhattan alone vs. the larger new york city region. >> we have $1.3 million resident in manhattan that balloons to 3 million people from the outer boroughs and new jerry we're dealing with a lot of people we're going about this in an intelligent way we're only getting involved with the thousand people and with a hundred thousand case with w and with the city that has over 13
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million this is the smarter way to target the people that are hurting our community we spend more time in court telling me we're not aware of someone not being a crime driving that's important when your augusto an injury or plea negotiating if you have some of the intelligence our giving that intelligence over to the judge that knows the individuals they're dealing with in terms of bail or plea negotiation statementss. >> i want to talk about one a example how our model has made an impact that is the way new york city with our outdoor boroughs in harlem we call them precincts on 23rd and 25th
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precinct we had a gang war that was going in 2009. i'm actually showing you one small piece of one small precinct in east harlem we an enormous amount of crime we had dozens and dozens of shootings and shots fired my homicides without driving into all the cases of the unkwoech victim we wouldn't have known that was a gang warlike a dispute on the streets because we used the model we soon realized we having had a gang war you've got mass violence going on in the community and no way of prosecuting without the victim.
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so we investigated this can i force 3 years in april of last year, we indicted 62 gang members we've identified over one hundred and 80 gang members but using the intelligence we saw the ones that were picking up the weapon and had 62 police that's the social networking and jail calls and information we had about each and every one of the violent crimes this year now obviously, we had maps prior but triple that this is an enormous impact open the crimes. simply in east harlem the stakeholder group in the crime strategic unit was the most
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violent area in 2011 and 2012 you see the gang violence you see the prosecution model we did conspiracy indictments regarding narcotics and where they didn't we used our model to understand who of the community investment & infrastructure commission the crimes and did reactive prosecution's now again, it's a shorter period of time but we quadruped that we're in a safer city. i think people are talking about the prosecution model in the east harlem community we meet with stakeholder and resident they're helping us to get camera information and to change at things in their neighborhood that help the crimes to exist
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but we're using the item and the intelligence to drive down recidivist crimes but we're seeing in east harlem a 76 reduction in shootings from 20132013 we're having a 76 percent reduction and 42 percent reduction overall in manhattan by implementing those efforts >> thank you. >> i did have a question that's impressive about reducing the number of shootings next has a tech doom do you see an increase in tech related crimes and does our unit help to focus on those crimes. >> right now our highest crime
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is grand larceny and unattended property and cyber credit cards this is the new way of doing crimes their seeing less risk and less time in jail we're embattling that through the prosecution and doing it with your partner's and got crime analysts that focus on those issues. >> so there's an overlap of gang and organized crime activities in the technology. >> absolutely that's the crime of future. identity athlete and credit cards that's what is driving crime. with her that all in a high violent crime time those were not the crimes we could focus on
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but violently e violent crime is on a decline we attack those crimes >> the recidivists the 9 thousand cases are the high tech crimes. >> that includes everything the recidivists we shouldn't let be getting through the cracks and they shouldn't be let out early they're if they're the persons urging the same technologies. >> the beauty you have having this work it works across the board while certainly violent crime is at the front of the bus we can look at other crimes like prostitution and gambling operations this is a very smart way of understanding what's
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happening they neighborhood level and lincoln things and connecting the dots and have a prosecutor that's well-informed. your prosecution is much better today because the work at the local level but there's a lot of people having to talk to one another this is how to do it in a well organized way making sense of the manhattan district attorney's office we by comparison with our small population if we have a comparable unit we'll have 25 to thirty crime 2345689 this way we're asking for 4 people >> district attorney its not only the increase in the technology i'm following the press reports and the framing it
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is new populations o positions will help with the tech sector crime by your saying it's across the board. >> we're trying to do several things beef up our technical capacity to deal with the normal nature of the work and throats crime analysis work we're looking at technically tech crimes we're seeing on increase in tech related crimes in our city preliminarily because we're the social hub of activity for instance, we had the network intrusion to help at the same time, we had another start up their business model was violating the law in protecting consumer information we said you have to stop now and did. we were able to do that because
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we have a level of expertise but on the regular type crimes like drugs or violence increasing we're using technology to communicate there are cell phones and computers and cameras and strike it information be able to analyze it so you can make sense of it in front of an injury is cycle critical. today, we have to have our c i organization to help prepare presentations because there's no technical support for this work >> okay supervisor avalos. >> thank you for the presentation it outlines some issues in my district especially in the geneva commercial
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corridor we have in parts some of our businesses especially those providing substitutes we have a lot of empty store front and not a great different of the spores or stores that serve our population and landlord are not trying to find the person's that will pay the most so we've found there are those store fronts that turn into gaging pits some are upfront and some are gambling that goes on in the middle of the night from thursday to saturday, i, that about three or four like a cat and mouse game it goes on between the police department and the people who are running the so-called businesses in the store fronts we have a piece
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meal approach to help you know how we're going to resolve this problem and nothing changes. we were able to get some of the more observe you can problematic businesses where they have computers and you're going them for online gaging and eliminate it out of 3 of them but other businesses the store fronts are, you know, causing a lot more, you know, problems in the neighborhood. the district attorney's office has been involved and the city attorney and dbi and the police department involved and but we don't seem to have a real full systematic approach we're not sure we can have all the
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resources but i need help the da is here i need help to figure out how to have a strong community city department approach to deal with a systematic problem and looking at it from a store front by store front basis doesn't help i'm reaching out to the district attorney and want the conversations for the strong approach for, you know, this commercial corridor that's, you know, an incredible neighborhood in san francisco but surfer from those conditions >> absolutely and, you know, we'll reach tout out to you for a conversation by specifically the kind of work lends itself to start connecting the dots early open you're not doing the ones and twos as an isolated incident
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and having the prosecutors have the arms and tools to have the understanding this is not only on a isolated incident this may be a way to funnel money into other criminal activities that's what we do in manhattan and hope to do here. >> i can tell you from manhattan that because we're the intel driver with the seminar ada person has spoken i gave you examples of violent crime but we have a huge count fiat ticketing problem we have the times square issues that has low-level crimes but not nice to tourist we know what the issues are and track
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the patterns the same people over and over that are doing it we can bring the right people to the table and we do to figure out pro-active strategies that might include new legislation of legislation or making it inhospitalityal so they'll go somewhere else. >> thanks colleagues questions or comments. okay. thank you for taking the time from new york to come. mr. district attorney our next one >> the next one is mental health especially there's an area you have taken a professional leadership and some of your other colleagues, we from many years have been u
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custodial aware the challenges in our community that have mental health problems whether getting them the right level of service or getting them off the streets to live a more humane life some of the people we deal with die in the streets because the lack of care. we also have other activities that we, you know, we're seeing an increase in the workload starting in julia significant workload and perhaps if the law is to pass another piece. i'd like to introduce you to katie miller she's the one that works in this area and much like my other colleague she'll walk you through the concerns if you have any questions, i'll be happy to answer them >> great thanks. >> good afternoon. katie and the chief of the
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program in that roll over see our collaborative neighborhood prosecutors and our juvenile unit when we put the programs together under one piece three and four the da charged me with looking at how we do and our challenges and gaps and how to bring our process into awe alignment how we work with individuals suffering from mentally illness we intersect with the city's health care the system should be a robust came national system and a range of access points and that ideally folks get involved with the services and i but there are two different ways to intersect with
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the system it really is unsustainable for us to do the work we're mandated so currently in our office we have one full-time assistant district attorney and a part time person with her that he rely on two other lawyers we beg and borrow if other unit and it isn't that she can't handle the case the caseload is extreme. there 20 are two different ways to do mental health work one is civil in and a half in california it's the district attorney's office that represent the public conservative so it's the district attorney's office that's the lawyer for our public
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office of conservative our. so our office maintenance an ongoing caseload even if seven hundred and 50 conservative our cases once they're past their petition oftentimes cabaret in custody and others things like change of medication or change of placement and our lawyers staff all those folks. to date in the calendar year 6 hundred and 80 cases she's acted on as well as looking at seven hundred and 50 other cases for their court date. the other thing is criminal work obviously we have a number of cases because someone has violated the law but suffering
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from serious mental illness there's several board cases of those cases load under the tammy same attorney the person's economy of standing trial my folks that are insane folks that maybe finishing their insensitive - sentencing. she has 4 hundred and 20 cases and you can imagine those are cases involving serious crimes and with others who have mental illness they're coming to see where they're with their cases. currently our office didn't
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staff the 5350 and san francisco generally, i want to bring that out we should be doing under the state law the district attorney's office should be in the hearing and we're not there there's no legal council for the city presently because we don't have the ability to do it. individuals have a lawyer so san francisco gentle and the 7 other hospitals across the city that do the hearing there's private council but we're not in the room right now. there's an average of 50 across the city in the hospitals. in addition to the current work there's a few important changes on the horizon that will be on our plate. the first thing is the beginning in july the san francisco
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superior court is actually seeing a role it's placed for many years the preparation and filing of the papers related to the hearing. so currently when a con conservative brings a can say forward to the superior court but in july will be our office so we will be doing the paperwork the civil court cases today it would have been 6 hundred and 50 just in january that's ate entirely new function for the district attorney's office it requires us to assembly all the flying paperwork and have an investigator and serving on the opposing council all the steps we don't currently do in
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conservatively for cases. so in addition right now before the board of supervisors there's legislation to for san francisco to adapt welfare and institution code 16th century 70 velocity e scheduled as a neighborhood committee the purpose of the law to extend psych holds after they've been 5150ed having the ability to keep folks an center thirty days at hospitals we won't have to do as many conservative active cases here in san francisco were we agree there are many folks who have been 5150s and maybe need nor time to get stabilized but this is an important yaegs edition to
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our toolbox we need to be at the hearings of the 8 hospitals so if the board is passing those we don't have the capacity to either do the investigative work or be present at the hearings. those changes don't envision anything by the lawrence law we're supportive of lauren u laura's law and glad to be part of that i envision we'll be in the hearings if that happens we're managing a tremendous amount of work. the last thing we recognize we
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have many cases where mentally illness is an flying concern for the crime but really cases that come across our desks from the chronic offenders to other kinds of cases and participating part of this is to come up with alternative sentences to incarceration that helps people to get the help they need and religious recidivism if we have more resources in our mental health department those l.v.n.s can help in that other ways. the budget cycle i want to talk about is the alternative nens planner we have one social worker it was a position we created in the as a realignment
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was coming down from state law to be able to make better sentencing determinations in cases. in many, many cases that individual works on with lawyers we came up with the positions for those cases that get individuals to the services they need. it's my feeling we've asked for one additional person and some place that has the civic training can work with our lawyers across the office on a case by case outgoing. i hope you'll consider that. in my work i've been talking with national experts on the prosecution of mental health and do our work and what we consistently hear from the during the course and others departments the way we can best
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do the work is identifying the case that have mental health as a factor and everyone in the office is able to come up with the best resolution for those cases if you have any questions, i'll be happy to answer them >> thank you very much colleagues, any questions. much appreciated. mr. district attorney any further thoughts >> as you can see by the very eloquent equip person this is an area we're not properly staffed to do the work the fact the work is going to be increasing at the beginning of the new fiscal year this is a work that the city that prides itself in bag a progressive city we shouldn't be creating people that have mental