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  Posted on: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
In the Bronx, Victims Get 24 Hours to Talk – Or the DA Lets the Accused Walk
A months-long WNYC investigation has revealed that those accused of crimes in the Bronx have a greater chance of walking away without any charges than anywhere else in the city.  The Bronx County District Attorney's Office declines to prosecute thousands more cases than do the four other District Attorney offices - and one of the main reasons is an internal policy that cops say allows criminals to go free.  In the Bronx, if a victim isn't interviewed by prosecutors within 24 hours after an arrest, the DA will almost always decline to prosecute the case - an internal policy followed by no other DA's office in the city.  Internal city records obtained by WNYC suggest this internal guideline is a big reason why Bronx prosecutors declined almost one quarter of all their cases last year.
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