Despite several claims of unjust behavior and racial profiling, the NYPD totes their stop-and-frisk program as a necessary and effective way to combat crime in the city.
But according to recent report, just 1.5 percent of stop-and-frisks end up resulting in the perpetrator being arrested. The report, released by the New York Attorney General’s Office reveals the results of an analysis of stop-and-frisk in New York City and beyond.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that Office hopes that the research will “advance the discussion about how to fight crime without overburdening our institutions or violating equal justice under the law.”
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 about0.1% 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 posession of a weapon; and Almost one quarter of SQF arrests (24.7%) were dismissed before arraignment or resulted in a non-criminal charge…”
Despite the statistics, Former Mayor Bloomberg continued to credit stop-and-frisk for saving lives. “There is just no question that stop-question-frisk has saved countless lives,” Bloomberg said. “And we know that most of the lives saved, based on the statistics, have been black and Hispanic young men.”
Does this new information change your perspective on stop-and-frisk? How so?
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