March 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 March 2017

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/01/2017, evening shift

10 of 10 cases observed, 100%, involved New Yorkers of color.

10 of 10 defendants, 100%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: marijuana possession; sexual harassment; theft of services (usually fare evasion); trespassing.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/03/2017, evening shift

12 of 13 cases observed, 92.3%, involved New Yorkers of color.

13 of 13 defendants, 100%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: marijuana possession; resisting arrest; theft of services; disorderly conduct; trespassing; assault in the 3rd degree.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/10/2017, evening shift

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

14 of 15 defendants, 93.3%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: marijuana possession; petty larceny (usually shoplifting); suspended license; theft of services; disorderly conduct; trespassing.

Brooklyn Criminal Court, 03/09/2017, morning shift

9 of 9 cases observed, 100%, involved New Yorkers of color.

6 of 9 defendants, 66.6%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: assault in the 3rd degree; theft of services; petty larceny.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/17/2017

9 of 9 cases observed, 100%, involved New Yorkers of color.

4 of 9 defendants, 44.4%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: petty larceny; marijuana possession; open alcohol container.

These numbers mean that of the last 75 cases that PROP has observed, 71, or 94.6%, have involved New Yorkers of color.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/28/2017, afternoon and night shifts

28 of 32 cases observed, 87.5%, involved New Yorkers of color.

27 of 32 defendants, 84.3%, walked out of the courtroom.

Charges included: disorderly conduct; marijuana possession; theft of services; resisting arrest; assault in the 3rd degree; suspended license; possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree; petty larceny; possession of a weapon in the 4th degree (usually a gravity knife).

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/29/17, morning and afternoon shifts

23 of 25 cases observed, 92%, involved New Yorkers of color.

24 of 25 defendants, 96%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: disorderly conduct; marijuana possession; theft of services; trespassing; possession of a weapon in the 4th degree; petty larceny.

Manhattan Criminal Court, 03/30/17, night shift

4 of 4 cases observed, or 100%, involved New Yorkers of color.

3 of 4 defendants, 75%, walked out of the court room.

Charges included: theft of services; petty larceny; trespassing.

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