February 2017 Court Monitoring Reports

The Court Monitoring Project is an ongoing attempt by PROP to gain insight into NYPD policies and practices as well as document the often wasteful criminal justice system and the underlying biases – racial and social – of police.

Beginning in 2017, PROP will publish short monthly summaries of statistics from all of its visit at the criminal courts in New York City. These statistics, and stories shared by lawyers and defendants, are used to shape our regular Court Monitoring reports.

For any questions regarding the statistics and their usage please contact us.

Court Monitoring Statistics February 2017

Bronx Criminal Court, 02/01/2017, morning shift.

19 of 20 cases, 95%, involved New Yorkers of color.

19 of 20 defendants, 95%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: disorderly conduct; suspended license; theft of services (usually fare-evasion); marijuana possession; weapons possession in the 4th degree (usually a gravity knife).

Manhattan Criminal Court, 02/01/2017, evening shift.

7 of 7 cases, 100%, involved New Yorkers of color.

4 of 7 defendants, 57.1%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: disorderly conduct; trespass; marijuana possession.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 02/08/2017, night shift.

14 of 16 cases, 87.5%, involved New Yorkers of color.

13 of 16 defendants, 81.3%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: theft of services; disorderly conduct; possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree; possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 02/10/2017, night shift.

12 of 17 cases, 70.6%, involved New Yorkers of color.

15 of 17 defendants, 88.2%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree; forgery; theft of services; possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 02/15/2017, morning shift.

7 of 7 cases, 100%, involved New Yorkers of color.

5 of 7 defendants, 71.4%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: theft of services; assault in the 3rd degree; trespass; open alcohol container.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 02/24/2017, afternoon shift.

17 of 19 cases, or 89.5%, involved New Yorkers of color.

17 of 19 defendants, or 89.5%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: marijuana possession; weapons possession in the 4th degree; petty larceny (usually shoplifting); theft of services; suspended license; and trespassing.

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