Cy Vance brags about prosecuting fewer low-level crimes

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said Monday that his office prosecuted more than 7,000 fewer low-level criminal offenses in 2017 – and expects to “drive that number even lower” this year.

While testifying at a City Council budget hearing, Vance said his office handled 55,980 misdemeanor and violation arraignments last year, compared to 63,428 in 2016.

During 2010, Vance’s first year in office, his team handled 85,615 such cases.

“My office has made criminal justice reform and reducing unnecessary incarceration among its highest priorities,” said Vance. “… By the end of 2018, we expect to drive that number even lower due to a number of policy changes and reforms.”

He also said his office in the month of February saw an 88.1 percent decline in theft-of-services arraignments.

There were 73 last month, compared to 618 in February 2017.

He attributed the decline to his office no longer prosecuting turnstile jumping and unlicensed vendors except when there is a “public safety reason to do so.”

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