When Mayor Bill de Blasio recently pledged to close the troubled Rikers Island jail, it was premised on the condition that the city reduce the overall inmate population to an average of 5,000 people in custody citywide. De Blasio set a 10-year goal for that reduction, matching a call from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and an independent commission chaired by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, which sketched a plan for the city to close the jail within a decade […]
Philanthropy largely ignored criminal justice for decades—even as harsh sentencing practices were enacted nation-wide and mass incarceration gained steam. Then, a few years ago, more funders started to pay attention—including some major philanthropists like Laura and John Arnold, Bill Ackman, and others. New faces keep showing up, including Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna who are pumping […]
Responding to minor crimes is arguably one of the most critical activities of any police department. The resource demands are certainly substantial. These enforcement actions also provide opportunities to reduce crime and enhance public trust. In addition, they pose considerable safety risks to the responding officers […]
We hear a lot about crime trends, almost always involving homicides or felonies. But the vast majority of criminal offenses are misdemeanors. These convictions can have a major impact on employment, education, you name it – yet they are hardly studied at all. Our director, Preeti Chauhan, teams up with Advisory Board Member David Harris […]
As New Yorkers celebrate the city’s historic low crime rates, they should also take pride in two other trends in the criminal justice system. After years of steep increases, NYPD enforcement actions — arrests, summonses and stops — dropped again, to record lows in 2016 […]
The warnings began even before Bill de Blasio was sworn in as New York City’s mayor in January 2014. A safe New York depended on the aggressive policing tactics that began in the 1990s and flourished under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his police commissioner, Ray Kelly. Without those tactics, the doomsayers said, the city would […]
A New York City Council plan to decriminalize certain low-level violations—such as public urination or drinking alcohol in public from an open container—has sparked intense debate among state and city officials about how these so-called quality-of-life offenses should be treated by police and the courts […]
Two decades ago, New Yorkers were more likely to be arrested in the middle of Manhattan for a misdemeanor than in any other neighborhood. Then, as crime fell, minor arrests in the heart of the city went down too. But almost everywhere else, they skyrocketed. The brunt of those arrests fell on young black and […]
Since 2014, the Misdemeanor Justice Project – Phase I & II has attracted noteworthy media attention. This section compiles news coverage on our work (Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in New York, the Summons Report: Trends in the Issuance and Disposition of Summonses in New York City, 2006-2013, Tracking Enforcement Rates in New York City, 2003-2014, and Mapping Mobility of Individuals Arrested for Misdemeanors in New York City, 2006-2014), as well as, the enforcement of low-level offenses.
In 2016, the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice was launched at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The network aims to conduct analyses determining local trends in the enforcement of low-level offenses and understanding multi-site differences. These six jurisdictions include Los Angeles, CA , Toledo, OH, Durham, NC, Seattle, WA, Prince George’s County, MD and St. Louis, MO. This section complies news coverage on the work of the Research Network.
The Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice has received 39 submissions from a wide range of jurisdictions to join this groundbreaking initiative. The Research Network is an expansion of the Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP) in New York City. The Research Network will be an alliance of seven jurisdictions seeking to better understand trends in the enforcement of low-level offenses such as misdemeanors, summonses/citations, and stops […]
February 16, 2017, New York, NY – The Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the six sites– Los Angeles, CA , Toledo, OH, Durham, NC, Seattle, WA, Prince George’s County, MD and St. Louis, MO – selected to join New York City as part of the Network […]