Sunday, November 17, 2013

Study: Just 1.5% Of "Stop-And-Frisk" Arrests Results In Jail Time

The New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" practice targets members of minority communities, the vast majority of whom are innocent. A study by the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shows just how vast that innocent majority is–and how ineffective "stop-and-frisk" under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has been. The report also contains implications regarding racial profiling and the long-term, practical impact of "stop-and-frisk":

According to the analysis, just 1.5% of all stop-and-frisk arrests resulted in a jail or prison sentence. Just one in 50 stop-and-frisk arrests, 0.1%, led to a conviction for a violent crime or possession of a weapon. Close to half of all stop-and-frisk arrests did not result in a conviction.

...Over the past decade more than 4 million New Yorkers have been targeted under the program. The vast majority of those stops occurred in mostly poor, mostly minority neighborhoods. Between 2004 and 2012, 4.4 million people were stopped. A weapon was found in less than 1% of the cases.

...The report found that while minority men were the overwhelming targets of the random, largely unprovoked stops, the likelihood of a stop of an African-American uncovering a weapon was half that of white New Yorkers stopped. According to the report, the NYPD found a weapon in one out of every 49 stops of whites in the city in 2012, compared to one in every 71 stops of Latinos and one in every 93 stops of African-Americans.

The attorney general’s office report analyzed nearly 150,000 arrests between 2009 and 2012. The report concluded that the numbers of convictions of stop-and-frisk arrests were extremely low. Just one in 16 of the arrests led to a jail or prison sentence of more than 30 days. And almost a quarter of all stops, 24.7%, were dismissed before arraignment or resulted in a non-criminal charge.

The report also highlighted the far reaching impacts, the collateral consequences, of stop-and-frisk arrests regardless of their outcome. Those consequences, according to the report, include threats of a possible loss of employment, housing, student loans, and immigration status.


Michael J. Mand said...

Perhaps a more important unintended consequence is the degree of mistrust that now exists between a certain segment of our society and those who are asked to protect all citizens. This us v. them attitude can eventually lead to more crime. Right now crime is at its lowest level, but "stop and frisk" has nothing to do with it. It is not only ineffective, it is counter-productive.

Jeff Tone said...

Complete agreement on all counts.