“The human implications of this question are immense. Fewer arrests for minor crimes logically means fewer people behind bars for minor crimes. Poorer would-be defendants benefit the most; three-quarters of those sitting in New York jails are only there because they can’t afford bail.” (The Atlantic)
However, what happens to those who were getting arrested for low-level crimes? They become criminals in the eyes of the system, this makes it harder to get jobs, to get housing, to get by in a way that is legitimate. Sen. Rand Paul has been a strong voice in calling for voter’s rights for felons who have served their time, as well as clamping down on police militarization and re-examining the criminal status of certain drugs.
But what happened to being tough on crime? Well, it’s still possible to support the police and be tough on crime, however a discussion needs to take place. In a tight economy how can locking up and removing people from society be an effective plan? Surely it has to be all hands on deck.
Things are made illegal through a massive bureaucracy of laws and institutions. The NYPD slowdown is another example of a congested political system. And Congress anyone? What do you think? Is it a good thing that arrests are down? Join the discussion below, on Twitter or Facebook.
Written by Abezier Coppe; Edited by staff
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