With Michael Bloomberg's tenure as Mayor of New York City coming to an end soon, allow us to reflect on one some key numbers from his reign. According to DNAinfo, arrests for low-level offenses rocketed during Bloomberg's time as mayor, reaching a peak in 2010 when 90,000 more people were booked for petty crimes than when Bloomberg first took office in 2002.
DNAinfo's Murray Weiss notes that 10 percent of "quality of life" arrests are tossed out, and the number is even higher for occasionally frivolous offenses like disorderly conduct and trespassing. In addition, this rise in petty crime arrests coincided with an increase in adjournment in contemplation of dismissals ("ACDs"), which involve cases being dismissed after defendants live arrest-free lives for specific amount of time.
To Bloomberg's credit, serious crimes such as robbery, assault and rape have dropped by 10 percent and overall crime declined by 30 percent.
[via Gothamist and DNAinfo]
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