Thousands Helped at Begin Again Events

Third Event to Clear Up Summons Warrants Planned, Location to be Determined

On September 12, 2015, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office wrapped up its second Begin Again event – a new initiative designed to bring a courtroom to the community in an effort to clear up open arrest warrants related to unanswered summonses for low-level offenses. These summons warrants – ordered when people fail to answer a ticket for minor quality of life offenses such as drinking alcohol in public or being in a park after closing – have ballooned into a total of over a million in New York City, with about a quarter originating in Brooklyn. These open warrants weigh down an overburdened courts system and can hold back individuals who have them on their records.

NY Times: Brooklyn Program Erasing Warrants for Low-Level Offenses


Twenty-Five Defendants Named in 368-Count Indictment For Operating Heroin Trafficking Ring

Alleged Distribution and Sales of More Than $1.5 Million a Year, Including to a Court Employee Who Acted As Staten Island Supplier

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, announced that 25 defendants, including a Williamsburg man, his mother and siblings, and a Midtown Community Court employee, have been variously charged in a 368-count indictment with conspiracy, sale and possession of a controlled substance and money laundering.

NY Times: 25 Charged in Heroin Trafficking Ring in Brooklyn


Summit on Wrongful Convictions

“Justice Continued: Prosecutors and Conviction Review” Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York – October 15-16, 2015 

Conviction Review Units in prosecutors’ offices were, only a few short years ago, a novel concept restricted to a few jurisdictions.  Today, such units are being established nation-wide at an unprecedented rate, and they are setting a new standard for how prosecutors can work hand in hand with other key partners in a non-confrontational and extra-judicial manner.  This conference will be an opportunity for prosecutors, as well as other key stakeholders, to engage in a series of discussions and presentations about conviction review.


Domestic Violence Conference Explores Integrated Prosecution and Global Campaigns

Addressing Violence Against Women – Collaborative Approaches in the 21st Century

Marking the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office on October 1st hosted a Domestic Violence Conference where presenters discussed methods of prosecuting these difficult cases, which often involve victims who remain emotionally attached to their abusers or bound by family, finances and other factors.


Gun Trafficker Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Smuggling Firearms from Georgia to Brooklyn

Total of 151 Weapons, Including Rifle and Semi-Automatic Pistols, Purchased During Undercover Operation

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 35-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced for stealing $120,000 from a Brownsville branch of Modell pawn shops, where he worked as a manager. The defendant said he took the money to pay off debts. He was sentenced to six months of weekends in jail and there was a full order of restitution filed against him.

Commercial Observer: Kenneth Thompson Is Making Real Estate an Important Issue for the Brooklyn DA’s Office


National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Hosted by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

The event will take place on October 13, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick.





DA Thompson announces takedown of heroin distribution ring

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s BEGIN AGAIN
Public Service Announcement


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