The Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP) is pleased to publish the baseline report in our evaluation of the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA), Trends in Criminal Summonses Pre-Implementation, 2003-2016. The CJRA is a set of legislative and policy changes which create the presumption, absent certain aggravating factors, that some lower-level offenses (i.e., public drinking, public urination, […]
We are pleased to publish our seventh report, Trends in Arrests for Misdemeanor Charges in New York City, 1993-2016, which examines trends in misdemeanor arrests in New York City by charge categories. In this report, we first examine charge categories grouped together to form two broader categories in order to compare arrest charges that are most […]
We are happy to announce that Preeti Chauhan, the Principal Investigator of MJP, is now serving on the board of directors for the New York City Criminal Justice Agency. The New York City Criminal Justice Agency aims to assist the courts in NYC in reducing unnecessary pretrial detention.
Our MJP team member, Olive Lu, is spending the year at Vera Institute of Justice working as a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Center on Sentencing and Corrections. She recently published a blog post on the decrease of jail populations in large cities driving a nationwide decline, while jail populations in small and rural towns continue […]
Jacqueline Scott, a graduate research assistant with the Misdemeanor Justice Project, authored a research brief on how what we know about engagement, disengagement, and desistance from gang offending can inform what we know about how children are recruited by and exit from non-state armed groups. She presented this brief at the United Nations. Congratulations, Jackie!
A new law enacted in June gave New York City police officers the discretion to issue a civil summons, rather than a criminal one, for offenses such as public urination and public drinking. It appears that many officers have opted to do neither. Criminal summonses for certain quality-of-life offenses covered by the law have declined: […]
For years, beginning in the 1990s, aggressive enforcement of minor offenses, like riding a bike on a sidewalk or drinking in public, was a fundamental part of policing in New York. But one of the lasting consequences of that enforcement has become a major policy dilemma, as more and more people lived with the threat […]
Last week, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced a new slate of reforms aimed at avoiding criminal prosecution for approximately 20,000 non-violent misdemeanor cases per year. Going forward, individuals arrested for jumping the subway turnstile and minor drug possession in Manhattan will be held accountable through engagement in social services rather than conventional prosecution. Vance’s […]
New York City will release new rules for police on Tuesday curbing the practice of bringing criminal charges against people caught drinking alcohol or urinating in public, among other minor offenses, in a shift championed by civil rights advocates. City officials hope the effort will keep tens of thousands of people out of the city’s […]