NYC reforms that aimed to alter the racial makeup criminals resulted in more Black victims. Expert
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Criminal justice reforms were introduced by progressive leaders to address the problem of Black Americans in prison, jail and convicted. However, experts say these reforms are not working in real life. In New York City, there has been a surge in crime with Black Americans being victimized more often than ever before.
“A lot of these policies were designed explicitly around the idea that Blacks are so disproportionately represented in the people who are arrested and the people who are prosecuted and convicted and incarcerated — and trying to design criminal justice policy to back-engineer that number to be more on par with the racial demographics of everybody of society,” Hannah E. Meyers, director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Monday. That in itself has caused a larger problem.
Meyers and Jim Quinn, a former executive district attorney in the Queens district attorney’s office, recently published an essay in New York TimesPolicymakers have lost sight of the fundamental purpose and function of law and order by “aiming to achieve racial equality in criminal justice instead than solely focusing on deterring or responding to crime,”
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“What has followed — a sharp rise in victims of crime, who remain disproportionately Black, and a slight increase in the percentage of Rikers Island inmates who are Black — is a racial imbalance of a more troubling kind,” the authors wrote in the article.
New York City faces a crisis due to skyrocketing criminality. From 2019 to 2020, murders increased by 52%. Shootings went up 104%, and car thefts rose 91%. The NYT essay authors wrote that Black New Yorkers would be the victims of 65% of murders and 74% shooters in 2020.
New York City’s police and incarceration policies are at the center of public debate. They were put into effect during the Black Lives Matter protests. Defund the Police MovementIn 2020, it reached fever pitch.
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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017 supported releasing thousands of inmates at Rikers Island through the city’s “supervised release” program. New York legislature passed major changes to its bail laws in 2019. These reforms limit the crimes that judges are allowed to set bail. New York’s discovery reform also took effect in 2019. It required the defense to reveal their evidence sooner in any case proceeding.
“I think you could talk to any prosecutor, especially any line prosecutor or anyone that’s recently left a DAs office in a more senior role, and they will tell you … that discovery reform is having an enormous impact on crime,” Meyers told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Monday.
It Reforms were put in place as former Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to defund the police, which brought with it the end of the NYPD’s plainclothes unit and reassigning officers.
Meyers and Quinn claimed that these reforms “harm Black New Yorkers”, and pointed out an increase in crime rates in predominantly Black areas of NYC.
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They wrote that shootings in the Brownsville neighbourhood as well as Ocean Hill police precinct, which covers the majority of Brownsville’s residents, were up by 144 percent and murders up 91% from the previous two years.
Meyers acknowledged that Meyers believes there are “clearly some issues we should talk about,” about “why there’s so many more crimes” within minority communities. However, Meyers suggested, “You have to look upstream.”
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They can’t be fixed by simply changing the names of those you are trying to arrest and those you hold. It’s not a colorblind system. That’s not where you can insert the … do-gooder fixing of it,” Meyers told Fox News Digital.