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Low-level enforcement in New York City

Understand the complicated world of low-level enforcement in 10 quick charts.

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In recent years, both crime and low-level enforcement have fallen.

The world of low-level enforcement right now

Biggest cause for concern: a high failure-to-appear rate. Failing to appear can result in the court issuing a warrant.

How we are changing the world of low-level enforcement

Giving officers an option to issue a civil summons–similar to a traffic ticket–for some low-level offenses.

One part of the Criminal Justice Reform Act expands options for officers to issue a civil summons instead of a criminal summons for certain low-level offenses.

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