(photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)
How should police respond when someone is drinking a beer in the street, dropping litter, or engaging in other minor offenses? Up until a year ago, a criminal summons was the only answer, and if the person didn’t show up in court, he or she could be arrested on a warrant....
As a result, New Yorkers had as much contact with the system for low-level offenses as for serious crimes.
Consider that in the first half of 2017, there were 112,000 criminal summonses compared to 98,000 misdemeanor arrests