Thursday, November 14, 2013

A.G. Study: Just 1.5 Percent Of 'Stop-And-Frisk' Arrests Resulted In Jail Sentence

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a new report.  The A.G.'s `Report on Arrests Arising from the New York City Police Department's Stop and Frisk Practices' contains a lot of ammunition for those who argue that the policy is both ethnically targeted and ineffective, resulting in the harassment of the many innocent, while bagging a mere handful of the culpable.

From the executive summary:
"Supporters and opponents of the “Stop, question, and frisk” practice agree that only 6% of all stops result in an arrest. Yet until now, no known study has sought to assess what happens following those arrests. By analyzing close to 150,000 SQF arrests  from 2009 through 2012 (out of the approximately 2.4 million stops conducted during those years), this report offers new data on the outcomes of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice.

The report’s key findings include the following:
* Close to half of all SQF arrests did not result in a conviction;
*  Fewer than one in four SQF arrests—or 1.5% of all stops—resulted  in a jail or prison sentence;
 * Just one in fifty SQF arrests—or about 0.1% of all stops—led to a conviction for a crime of violence;
 * Just one in fifty SQF arrests—or about 0.1% of all stops—led to a conviction for possession of a weapon; and
 * Almost one quarter of SQF arrests (24.7%) were dismissed before arraignment or resulted in a non-criminal charge such as an infraction or a violation at the time of arraignment. "
 - GWC
Study: Just 1.5 Percent Of 'Stop-And-Frisk' Arrests Resulted In Jail Sentence: "IGOR BOBIC – NOVEMBER 14, 2013, 6:14 PM EST790 A new analysis released by the New York State Office of Attorney General found that just 1.5 percent of all arrests that occur under NYC's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy resulted in a jail or prison sentence, MSNBC reported Thursday. Moreover, 0.1 percent of all arrests under the policy, advocated by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, led to a conviction for a violent crime or possession of a weapon. “My office’s analysis of the city’s stop-and-frisk practices has broad implications for law enforcement, both in New York City and across the state,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “It’s our hope that this report – the first of its kind – will advance the discussion about how to fight crime without overburdening our institutions or violating equal justice under the law.”" 'via Blog this'

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