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DANY Academy

About the DANY Academy

In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DANY) created the DANY Academy as a resource for professionals working at the intersection of law and public policy. The Academy supports ongoing criminal justice policy initiatives and also coordinates the efforts of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Legal Training Unit and Advocacy-in-Writing Program, as well as other trainings. 

Additionally, the DANY Academy hosts symposia for professionals from throughout the criminal justice system, including prosecutors from other jurisdictions, law enforcement personnel, defense attorneys, judges, and researchers. Such events focus on broad and timely issues in criminal justice policy and provide a space for the constructive exchange of ideas. Recent DANY Academy events include a symposium on intelligence-driven prosecution attended by district attorneys and their staff from throughout the country, as well as a symposium for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and New York City drug court judges examining the role of addiction in the criminal justice system.

The DANY Academy’s events draw on the work and contributions of leading experts in the fields of criminal justice and public policy, with the goal of becoming a leading resource for both New York City prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals nationwide. 

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Recent DANY Academy Events


Drug Addiction and Criminal Justice Symposium

In January 2016, DANY Academy hosted a Drug Addiction and Criminal Justice Symposium to examine drug addiction as a disease, and its role in crime and prosecutions. The event, which was held at the headquarters of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, brought together prosecutors, defense attorneys, and drug court judges from across New York City. Attendees heard from experts in the field, including Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Dr. Hillary Kunins, Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Dr. Joanne Csete, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and Dr. Stephen Ross, NYU School of Medicine.

 Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Addresses Attendees at January's Drug Addiction and Criminal Justice Symposium 

Assistant District Attorney Evan Krutoy, Executive Director of DANY Academy Dr. Joanne Csete, Dr. Stephen Ross, and Dr. Hillary Kunins


Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Symposium

In December 2015, the Manhattan DA's Office's hosted its third Intelligence-Driven Prosecution Symposium for prosecutors interested in learning about the innovative crime-fighting strategies developed by the Crime Strategies Unit formed by DA Vance in 2010. The DANY Academy intiative helps prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions from coast-to-coast share best practices, resources, and expert insight, as well as collaborate on contemporary criminal justice issues.

DA Vance Speaks to Dozens of Prosecutors from Around the Country at a December IDP Symposium.​


Assistant District Attorney Kerry Chicon, Chief of the Crime Strategies Unit Executive Assistant District Attorney Chauncey Parker