Friday, September 15, 2017

New York authorities won't arrest you for stealing subway rides anymore

By Market lace, Aug. 31, 2017

When broken-windows policing — the idea that small crimes should be strictly punished because they lead to bigger ones — got its start in New York City in the 1990s, one of its first testing grounds was the subway. Roughly 11 percent of subway riders at the time were jumping the turnstiles — not paying their fare — and the city sent hundreds of cops to crack down on the problem. Today, fare evasion is down to roughly 1.3 percent of riders. But fare evasion is the most common criminal charge in Manhattan, with nearly 10,000 arrests a year.

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