Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP) – Phase I sought to conduct research and disseminate information about lower-level criminal offenses (misdemeanors, summonses, and violations) in New York State and New York City. With this information, we informed the local dialogue on the enforcement of lower-level offenses. To date, the MJP has been successful in providing evidence that has been critical to shaping criminal justice policy reform in New York City.
The first report, Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in New York, examined misdemeanor arrest rates in New York City, Upstate Cities in New York State (i.e., Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers), and the rest of New York State from 1980 to 2013. We analyzed arrest rates by demographics, arrest charge, disposition, and sentence. This was […]