"I helped to create the treatment courts, I supervised them and created the policies," Anne Swern said proudly. "Justice and safety are top concerns for any DA and that having as many arrows in the quiver to be able to offer as many alternatives to traditional prosecution creates a better opportunity for justice and safety for victims."
"Anne Swern has worked for four DAs, from Eugene Gold to Ken Thompson, supervised more than 11-hundred attorneys and staff and says she has 1,000 ideas for the office. Swern is one of seven candidates running in September's primary, and on this segment, she's joins us to talk about a few of those thousand ideas."
Most prosecutors go into private practice if they should choose to establish themselves as criminal defense attorneys but Anne continued her commitment to public service by going to work for the public defender when she left KCDA. At the Brooklyn Defender services, she managed an office that defended 45,000 cases a year involving immigration, housing, family, education and criminal matters for people who could not afford a lawyer.
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Anne Swern was the big winner in nabbing the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND) endorsement at the club’s endorsement meeting held last week at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. This was one of two endorsements Swern received last week as the Bay Ridge-based Brooklyn Democrats For Change also endorsed her. . . .
Anne Swern has a staggering statistic to share: serious crime in Brooklyn — murder, rape, robbery, burglary, assault, grand larceny, vehicular theft and arson — is down 80 percent since 1990. Swern should know — she has been putting hard-boiled crooks behind bars, and rehabilitating non-violent ones, for 30 years . . .
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Anne Swern, who served 33 years as a Brooklyn prosecutor and who retired from Brooklyn Defender Services on Dec. 31— a move made in anticipation for a run for DA, she said in an email.
During her time with the office, Swern helped start and run a number of initiatives, such as the Brooklyn Treatment and Mental Health Courts, the Red Hook Community Justice Center and the Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison Program. Swern said victims rights is an issue she remains deeply concerned about, and that she still regularly gets calls from crime victims in the community who reach out for assistance.
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"I think I'm the best choice for district attorney. And running when you strongly believe in yourself is an exciting chance to take," said Swern.
Anne Swern, who spent more than 33 years with the Brooklyn DA before joining Brooklyn Defender Services, said she is ‘seriously considering' a run for the seat. "I have this wealth of knowledge and passion and I love Brooklyn," she said.
Anne Swern . . . spent 33 years as a prosecutor, including years planning and supervising some of the borough's innovative specialty courts for addiction and mental health as well as the Red Hook Community Justice Center.
Of 660 graduates in the past year, only three were rearrested, said Anne Swern . . . "We're proud of that," she said. "[The johns were] arrested for something that's a crime, and we were able to intervene and prevent that from happening again."
"New York is a complex state with complex substance abuse problems," she said. "I'm in a county where the district attorney embraces treatment."