Charles J. “Joe” Hynes is the current District Attorney of Kings County, New York. Prior to being appointed as First Assistant District Attorney he was appointed as Chief of the Rackets Bureau. His first major achievement as a head prosecutor would occur in 1987 when he was tasked with investigating the death of Michael Griffith, an African-American teenager who was set upon by a mob of white teens in Howard Beach, Queens.
He is credited with establishing one of the most comprehensive-and first-countywide programs designed specifically to address domestic abuse as a criminal issue, and with the collaboration of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani implemented a citywide program to monitor convicted offenders.