Broken Windows Policing – a new PROP Report

The initial findings of PROP’s Court Monitoring Project are released in our newest report, “Broken Windows Policing: A True Tale of Two Cities”. Using the data collected during PROP’s court visits we have confirmed that the NYPD spends the lion’s share of its resources on targeting low-income communities of color by arresting and ticketing people for innocent or innocuous activities. 

Broken Windows Policing: A True Tale of Two Cities

-a work in progress-

Download a copy of the report here.

Want to know more about what’s in the report?
Here are a few of PROP’s discoveries…

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  •  Of the 747 total cases seen, 667 or 89% of the defendants were people of color.
  •  (Excluding the Midtown Community Court since its location, demographic, and focus makes it something of an outlier in comparison with New York City’s other arraignment parts) the total number of cases PROP has observed is 657. Of these 657 cases, 571 or 93% of the defendants were people of color.
  • Of the 747 total cases seen, 692 or 93% of the defendants walked out of the courtroom. Only 55 defendants, or 7% of the total number of defendants, were held in custody after their arraignments.
  •  Of the 6 court visits that PROP was able to time, the average amount of time that the court spent on each case was approximately 2 minutes, 10 seconds. The longest case lasted 11 minutes, 47 seconds. The shortest case lasted 2 seconds.
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