Dan Quart

Democratic Candidate for Manhattan District Attorney

Running as the “do not prosecute” candidate who boasts the largest list of crimes he will never prosecute, regardless of the case, and he has pledged that incarceration will only be used as an absolute and last resort for almost all crimes. He will never seek a sentence of more than 20 years regardless of the crime.

“No matter what happens up in Albany, the DAs are not absolved of their obligations to defendants.“

“We’re not going to ask for life sentences because life sentences are death sentences. That’s capital punishment by a different form, which I think is morally wrong, and I won’t do that.” (TheAppeal.Org)

“The data is in: bail reform makes us safer, and the alarmist rhetoric spouted by institutions like the NYPD is demonstrably false.” (Twitter Feb 5)

“Not only would I decline to prosecute this graffiti charge, I also wouldn’t prosecute marijuana possession, turnstile jumping, sex work, or a dozen other ‘crimes.’”

Qualifications/ Experience

Prosecutorial Experience

  • Quart has no prosecutorial experience. He has never prosecuted a case, nor has he ever worked in a prosecutor’s office in any capacity. His only experience in the criminal justice system is as a defense attorney.

Managerial Experience

  • Since 2011, Quart has been a New York State assembly member representing Manhattan’s East Side.

Top Priorities as DA

  • Decarceration: Stop prosecuting “low level” crimes and reduce the number of people in prison dramatically by not prosecuting, not seeking jail, and/or seeking shorter sentences
  • Gun Violence & Sex Crimes: Committed to creating special offices for combating gun violence and for prosecuting sex crimes
  • NYPD Accountability: Increase prosecution of bad actors in the NYPD
  • Budget Reallocation: Quart plans to reroute resources from prosecuting “low level” and quality of life crimes and reallocate it to prosecuting sex crimes, white-collar crime, landlord abuses, wage theft and cybercrimes
Candidate's Standing On The Issues

Prosecution of Crime

  • Quart will refuse to prosecute “low level” crimes including but not limited to :
    • Burglary in the third degree (which is defined as knowingly entering or remaining unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime)
    • Trespassing (including refusing to charge homeless individuals)
    • Welfare fraud (with rare exception)
    • Prostitution
    • Drug possession for personal use or possession
    • Possession of stolen property (with rare exception)
    • Possession of alcohol by a minor
    • Marijuana sale or possession
    • Disorderly conduct or resisting arrest, without any other charge
    • Possession of a graffiti instrument
    • Fare evasion/turnstile jumping
  • According to 5 Borough Defenders, Quart has committed to “shrink the power and reach of the [District Attorney’s] office” and would defund it by approximately one-third. According to them, Quart would, “measure his success by decarceration of county jails and state correctional facilities rather than by conviction rates.

Public Safety

  • Quart believes the three elements of public safety are combating gun violence, seeking justice for survivors of sexual abuse and assault, and increasing police accountability.
  • When asked about an increase in crime after his policies are implemented, Quart responded by saying “I will stick to our progressive reforms in good times and bad — because they work. That’s the only truthful answer to this question.” (Source: Twitter)

On Guns

  • Quart said he will make combating gun violence a priority, partnering with law enforcement agencies to stem the flow of firearms into the city, and prosecute people who use them. He will also offer diversion for some gun-related offenses, following the model set forth by Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez.

On Recidivism

  • Quart would shut down the NYPD’s gang database, asserting it is racist. His campaign website does not address recidivism or how he might approach prosecuting a defendant with a long history of criminal activity.

On the role of NYPD

  • In his role as a member of the State Assembly, Quart was a strong advocate of the recently passed bail reform and the repeal of laws related to qualified immunity for police.

Mental Illness & Crime

  • Quart’s campaign website does not mention mental illness in its coverage of the issues.

About Dan Quart

Dan Quart has served seven terms in the State Assembly, representing Manhattan’s East Side.  Has advocated for reform to the justice system in Albany, leading a successful effort to update bail laws (a.ka. bail reform) and decriminalize gravity knives—a type of folding knife. His legal career has focused on personal-injury and insurance-defense cases. He has also represented clients facing summonses and misdemeanors in Manhattan at various times over the last three years. He has no prosecutorial experience. Quart proclaims himself the most progressive of all the candidates in the race.

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