January 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 January 2017

Manhattan Criminal Court, 01/19/2017, morning shift.

14 of 15 cases, 93.3%, involved New Yorkers of color.

13 of 15 defendants, 86.7%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: marijuana possession; theft of services (usually fare evasion); petty larceny (usually shoplifting); assault in the 3rd degree; trespass; unlicensed general vending; and disorderly conduct.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 01/12/2017, morning shift.

25 of 28 cases, or 89.3%, involved New Yorkers of color.

28 of 28 defendants, 100%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: loose cigarettes; possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree; marijuana possession; suspended license; unlicensed general vending; theft of service (usually fare evasion); disorderly conduct.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 01/26/17, morning shift.

27 of 31 cases, 87.1%, involved New Yorkers of color.

Charges included: marijuana possession; unlicensed general vending; suspended license; petty larceny (usually shoplifting); theft of services (usually fare evasion); disorderly conduct; assault in the 3rd degree; possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree; trespass; & weapon possession in the 4th degree (usually a gravity knife).

29 of 31 defendants, 93.5%, walked out of the courtroom.

January Totals

66 of 74 cases, 89.1%, involved New Yorkers of color.

70 of 74 cases, 94.5%, walked out of the courtroom.

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