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5 ways NYC is safer today

5 ways New York City has become safer while its criminal justice system has become smaller

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Since the early 1990s, major crime in NYC has plummeted while the average daily jail population has dropped by over 60%.

NYC is now the safest big city in the nation. While jail and prison populations have climbed across the country, the population behind bars in NYC has steadily declined.

In both city jails and state prisons, the number of inmates from NYC continues to shrink.

Every type of major crime has been reduced in the last 20 years.



Declines in crime have been matched by similar declines in enforcement of low-level offenses.

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