New York City DA Bragg downgrades 52% of felonies to misdemeanors
The New York District Attorney has downgraded 52% of all felony cases so far in 2022 to misdemeanors, up from 39% downgraded in 2019, according to data posted on the DA’s website.
In 2021, District Attorney Alvin Bragg led a campaign for criminal justice reform, promising to uphold changes to the law that allow cash bail for violent crimes.
Bragg won his campaign and took office on Jan. 1, and days later issued a ‘Day One’ memo to staff ordering them to downgrade certain crimes, including armed robberies of businesses. businesses, and to no longer seek prison terms for many serious offences.
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New York Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell then wrote in a leaked email that Bragg’s policies could endanger the public and undermine justice for victims.
The latest NYPD crime statistics reports show that overall crimes have increased by 27.6%, with 112,755 reported so far in 2022, compared to 88,394 reported during the same period in 2021.
During the same period, there was a reported increase of 13.2% in criminal assaults, with a jump from 20,563 to 23,270 this year; rapes increased from 1,336 to 1,471; robberies from 12,033 to 15,639; and transit crimes from 1316 to 1865.
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Murders in the Big Apple rose from 432 to 372, and shootings rose from 1,688 to 1,438.
Bragg, according to his website data, and his department declined to prosecute 35% more felony cases than in 2019, accounting for court system delays in prosecuting cases from 2020 to 22.
The DA report also shows that bail has been requested for 2,518 felony cases so far in 2022, compared to 3,848 in 2019.
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The latest statistics come as crime continues to rise in New York City.